Origin: Hokkien and Teochew, Jia Lat literally means to eat away (to drain away) the strength.

Jialat is being used to describe a dire situation or to describe a person in a bad way.


Example: “Oh shit, I forgot to pay my credit card bills, this time jialat already…confirm need to pay interest.”

Example: “You know what, your colleague very jialat. I instructed him to do A, he go and do B. He cannot even understand¬† a simple instruction.”


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