Definition of gutkha in English:



mass noun
  • A sweetened mixture of chewing tobacco, betel nut, and palm nut, originating in India as a breath freshener.

    • ‘A rough break up among the various products would read four crores using cigarettes, eight crores beedis and six crores other products like gutkha and Zarda.’
    • ‘A number of small surveys conducted in schools and colleges in several states of India have shown that 13-50% of students chew pan masala and gutkha on a regular basis.’
    • ‘It is to be noted that gutkha was banned in Maharashtra on August 1, 2002 for a period of five years but the Supreme Court lifted the ban on August 3, 2004 on the manufacture, sale and purchase of these addictive chewables.’
    • ‘It was a small tobacco box which in its heyday, contained some sort of a gutkha or tobacco powder.’
    • ‘Our junta love to chew pan and gutkha and spit them all over the place.’
    • ‘She said a problem in some parts of the Asian community was not just smoking but chewing tobacco in paan or gutkha - which puts people more at risk of mouth cancer.’
    • ‘Dentists and trading standard officers in the United Kingdom are now trying to highlight the health risks involved in chewing tobacco as gutkha slowly makes its way to Europe.’
    • ‘But after dark, hawkers and panwallas set up shop along the pathway and happily go about their business selling vada pav, bhel-puri, pan and gutkha.’


Hindi, ‘a shred, small piece’.