Indonesian edit

Alternative forms edit

Etymology edit

From Malay berbau, from Classical Malay berbau. Equivalent to ber- +‎ bau.

Verb edit


  1. (stative) to have smell
    Ruangan ini berbau mawar.
    This room smells of roses.

Malay edit

Etymology edit

ber- +‎ bau (odour, smell).

Pronunciation edit

Verb edit

berbau (Jawi spelling برباءو)

  1. (intransitive) to smell bad; to smell
    Baju ini agak berbau.
    This shirt quite smells.
  2. (transitive) to have the smell of something or some quality
    Makanan ini berbau sedap.
    This food smells delicious.
  3. (transitive) to possess a quality of something
    Synonyms: bersifat, berunsur
    mesej berbau kebencianhate-filled message

Further reading edit