Croatian Swear Words With English Translations (Part II)

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Croatian Swear Words With English Translations (Part II)

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Those of us with Croatian heritage will know that Croatian swear words (or for you Americans: Croatian cuss words) are very “colorful and creative.”

Growing up, I remember my parents saying things that seemed completely nonsensical, like “pun kurac,” which literally translates to full of dick, and wondering what the hell it meant.

One of our most popular posts has been our Croatian swear words. Since then, we’ve gotten lots of feedback from you, our readers, about some of the Croatian, swear words you grew up with and telling us we should make a post about the ones that’ll make people really cringe. So we’ve decided to compile an uncensored Croatian swear words list, which includes the feedback we have received from you guys.


When swearing in Croatian, one thing to remember is that how you say it determines the context, meaning, and how it will be received. Remember the scene in Donnie Brasco, where Johnny Depp explains the multiple meanings of “forget about it.” Croatian swear words are much the same.


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Pička Ti Materina

Use this Croatian swear word that translates to your mother’s vagina instead of one of that lame-ass ‘Yo Mama so fat’ jokes. Nothing beats using a phrase about your best friend’s mother’s lady parts to get his attention.

Idi U Tri Pičke Materine

As if talking about someone else’s mother’s private area was not bad enough in the first example, this phrase goes up three notches. Here you’re telling someone to go into your mother’s vagina three timesLike once is not bad enough.

Jebi Se

In part one, we left out this rather handy phrase, sorry about that. Simply put, fuck yourself needs no explanation.

Jebi Ga

Simple is often best. No need to translate this super-common Croatian swear – fuck it. Just as it’s used in English, you can say jebi ga in the morning, at noon, and night, basically whenever you’re pissed off.


Fuck off. Innocent as that.

Ajde U Kurac

This one is a touch more tricky. If od jebi were not enough to tell someone to go fuck themselves, then this one should do the trick. Go into a dick means to fuck off but with more power. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey has used this one a few times herself, talk about assimilating.

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Jebo Ti Pas Mater

Oh boy, how our dear mothers who gave birth to us get used in the worst possible way while swearing in Croatian. May the dog fuck your mother surely will get your point across to that person who is pissing you off or to a situation that really has your panties in a twist.


This word meaning dick is quite flexible as it changes its meaning depending on its use. Add it to one of your English cuss phrases for added effect to throw your friends off.


Kurac Od Tovara Or Ovce

We all have at least one useless and worthless friend *looks around*. Croatian swears often use animals (not just mothers), and this one is dick of a donkey (tovar) or sheep (ovca)—two poor innocent animals who often get used to when swearing in Croatian.

Pun Kurac

If you remember, kurac means dick. And, if you want to know how to swear like a Croatian, you need to know how to use that word in as many ways as possible. An easy example is full dick, which translates to full of shit or bullshit. Give it a whirl next time your mate is raving on.

Koji Ti Je Kurac?

So, what is wrong with your dick? You would never say that in English, but it’s a perfect Croatian cuss word meaning what the fuck is wrong with you?

Hoću Kurac

I want dick. Gasp – what? Who says that? Us Croats, that’s who. Use it instead of hell; no, I don’t want it. When Mrs. Chasing the Donkey asks me to do the dishes, my response is hoću kurac.

Ajde U Pičku Strininu

We cussed out our mothers, a few animals, a few dicks… so, of course, the next person to use in Croatian swearing is your dear aunt. Go into your Aunt’s vagina. This one is particular. Why it has to be the auntie who is your dad’s sister-in-law, I have no idea.

Pičkin Dim

Ever thought about vagina smoke? Well, you have now; this phrase means that something is straightforward, almost nothing. I would love to know how this phrase originated?

Here is a clip of a guy having some trouble starting a fire who demonstrates the Croatian language color. He is clearly very frustrated and heads into religious cursing territory. If you do not want to hear any serious cursing, please do not watch the clip.

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Comments (95)

  1. I’ve seen a similar list like 10 years ago. I came back and I’m not disappointed. This is beyond hilarious.
    Greetings from Poland, kurwa mać 🙂

  2. Hahahaha,this one cracked me up as a born and raised Croat, and lemme tell you, Dalmatian peeps aren’t the only ones to…psuju k’o kocijasi (or,swear like the carriage drivers back in the days) lol 🤣
    Also, one of the swear phrases I kinda like to use a lot is pusi (or pushi) kurac,meaning literally suck dick,or a more popular phrase popusi (popushi) mi kurac,meaning suck my d*ck (said when, and only when someone truly gets heavily on your nerves and you srsly want to point that out to them). Another one is jebem ti mater (literally I fuck your mother) which is only to be used when and where it’s due (depending on how much the person pissed you off) and actually, all of these “fine examples of the colorful Croatian language” aren’t just popular in Dalmatia, but all over Croatia (for example, I’m from Podravina (famous for one of the worldwide known condiments, Vegeta by Podravka) and I personally use almost all of these on a daily basis…how Croatian of li’l ol’ me lmao 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣) as well as most of our Slavic neighbors, so it’s all normal here in the Balkan peninsula 🤷‍♀️🤣🤣🤣

  3. So my grandma said her mom used to tell my uncles “pusky drek na meyde” when they would pick on her (spelling is completely phonetic there) something like “don’t stir the shit”… any thoughts on what it actually is??

    1. It means “I’m driving from a middle of nowhere”, but literally translates as “I’m driving from mother’s vagina”.

  4. I new a guy that used to say “embemsheboga” or it sounded like that when raising a glass toasting a drink, I asked what does that mean and his reply was ” it means Fuck your god” Sounds good to me! Any Idea?

      1. You mean ‘jebem ti boga’, ‘jebes mi boga’ or ‘jebo te bog’. All 3 of them are just so awful

        1. This one, and the ones with Jesus are actually not meant in a that bad way…. When you say it to someone, you feel angry at god for making that person so stupid.
          Mentioning mothers is far more direct and worse.

    1. “Vrag je va tebe” yes it means that the devil is inside of you.
      You also have “Vražji si” you are devilish.

      This does not have to mean something is wrong with you, it can also apply you are resourceful, smart, know how to get what you want.

  5. During the futbol game we heard people shouting “English kapishke.” We understood it to mean “English pussies” but wanting confirmation. Thanks!

  6. I would also like assistance trying to figure out what my grandmother would call my brother and I when we were little. It sounded like “ma-gar-atsa”. She normally would say it if we beat her at a game of cards or something. lol I’m guessing it was a curse word but I don’t see anything on here like that one. She would speak in Croatian occasionally but that’s the main thing that I recall. Thanks!

      1. Oh my… lol.. thank you bunches!!! She was feisty and funny so that certainly sounds like something she’d call someone. 😛

        1. Ana yes it was probably as SJ Begonja wrote. However, I disagree that she said him to be a donkey. What she probably said is a very old way to swear when you loose a game. I am still using this expression and it is to be written as (‘BEM)TI MAGARCA. In parenthesis is an optional part of the word. If you do not say it it is less aggressive as ‘bemti stay for jebemti meaning fully I am fucking your donkey so old people avoid to say fully the bad word

      2. I hear my other half swear in Croatian in bathroom to the kids all I hear ia boga can someone translate. Who knows he’s probably swearing at me the idiot and using the kids.

  7. Can you help me figure out what my grandma was saying when she said something that sounded like “checka mola”…?

    1. checka – is probably čekaj, which means wait. No clue on the second word – when would she use it?

  8. Really great. Used it when meeting with some Croatian businesses reps. and thought it would be helpful.

    1. Jebe te vrag meaning the Devil fuck you. Od you use ti meaning to you then you need to add a word like jebe ti vrag tvoj auto meaning the Devil fuck your car. However, in Croatia we never sweet on Devil but on god like JEBO TE BOG which generally is the most powerfull swear word ever

      1. I would say that only sounds like the most powerful one, but it’s not. People use it in discussions when someone is acting stupid and can be used without the other party getting angry.

        But cursing mothers is completely different. Whenever used it will create a big offence.

    1. Jebiga is the sweetiest swear word ever. It is very lite meaning “bad luck” when something west wrong

  9. The maid at the hotel we stayed would tell my kids “idi u __ ” when they would refuse a bon bon she offered! Hilarious yet shocking!

  10. Plačipička – crying pussy (used for men who make drama about everything, drama queen)

    1. Instead od plačipička which do not sound good you can use “pičkica” but the oldest word for this is “pizdica” meaning both little pussy therefore not male or brave

  11. Now you are armed with the Croatia language. You will understand the language 90% of the time

  12. Brings back memories of my childhood! Lmao…..every family gathering. All the old men cursing and screaming about how to roast the pig and or lamb while drinking homemade gutrot wine and slivo!

  13. Thank you but cursing in American comes very natural. Cursing in Cro is very in detail and very and I’m a Croat.
    Zrno po zrno❤️

  14. “idi u tri picke materine” doesn’t mean “go to yours mother vagina 3 times” but “go to 3 vaginas of your mother” as if someone’s mother has 3 vaginas. It’s little abstract but well…

    1. Actually neither you are correct. There is no necessary implication to your mother. The translation is Go to 3 mother’s vagina

    1. You did not hear me. I am from Istria and swearing mixing Croatian and Italian. It’s a collection of swear dictionaries. It’s fantastic and nobody can compete

    1. and i am proud on our unbelievable riches of swear words and phrases. da ga jebeš ….. 🙂

  15. …and my husband (who’s not Croatian) doesn’t understand why cursing comes so natural to me…’s cultural

  16. I don’t pretend to be fluent in the language, but know most of these phrases….Ha

  17. That clip is taking it to a whole knew level wow!!
    We did laugh though, is that very bad of us haha

  18. Uhhhh ja nisam mogla slušati ove psovke,mora da je Dalmatinac but overall I had a good laugh

  19. I’m partial to the popular swear phrase I learned in Imotski. Boli me kurac!!! Literal translation My Dick hurts. What it actually means: I couldn’t care less.

  20. I never thought we’d find someone who can out swear mum but the dude in the video at this end of link is out of this world!

  21. I’m partly Croatian and thought i knew almost every Croatian swear word, but swearing on the video was truly off the charts, i’m shocked!

  22. The man swearing in the YouTube clip…. I’m surrounded by people swearing in Croatian but that, was truly something else!

  23. I am repeating the new Croatian lesson, not only to have the special words available when needed, but also to know when and if someone says them to me :)))))

    1. yes, be aware. You should also read part one – you might hear those more often ‘at you’ so early on in your freindships.

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