In Hindi language, “Bhabi” literally means Sister-in-Law. However, men would refer to a friend’s girlfriend or wife as “Bhabhi,” implying they respect their friend’s female partner as much as they respect their own Sister-in-Law.


Below are the reasons for referring to a friend’s wife or girlfriend as “Bhabhi.”


Friend = Brother

Brother’s wife = Sister-in-Law (Bhabhi)


Friend’s Girlfriend = Friend’s wife (Assuming friend will marry his girlfriend)

Friend = Brother

Brother’s Girlfriend = Sister-in-Law (Bhabhi)

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