Definition of tabanca in English:

tabanca

noun

West Indian
  • [mass noun] A painful feeling of unrequited love, typically for a former lover and causing unbalanced or violent behaviour.

    • ‘It has killed its credibility because of its ‘tabanca’ for office and its penchant for mischief.’
    • ‘Most adults are aware of what a man with a serious tabanca can do.’
    • ‘What price is our venerable former Prime Minister prepared to have us pay to assuage the agony of his political tabanca?’
    • ‘Where capricious behaviour consistent with tabanca is most evident is in his unsupported opinion of what African-Trinidadian children do at school.’

Origin

Probably from Kikongo tabaka buy up or sell out completely.

Pronunciation:

tabanca

/taˈbaŋka/