Definition of utang na loob in English:

utang na loob


Philippine English
  • A sense of obligation to return a favour owed to someone.


1960s; earliest use found in Southwestern Journal Anthropology. From Tagalog utang na loob from utang debt, indebtedness + na, connective + loob one's own volition, inner self, lit. ‘inside’.


utang na loob

/ˌuːtaŋ nə ləˈəʊb//ˌuːtaŋ nə ˈləʊb//ˌuːtaŋ nə ˈlɒb/