Origin: Malay – literal translation¬†“to eat”

Makan is a very commonly used word in Singapore. It is used to ask people if they have eaten or to invite them to eat. It is similar to the hokkien/teochew dialect word “jiak“.


Ahmad: Ah Beng, you makan already?

Ah Beng: Thanks Ahmad, I will makan later cos I have a lot of backlog to clear.

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