Latah definition

lätə
A culture-specific startle response seen primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia, characterized by abnormal behaviors such as mimicry and unquestioning obedience to others.
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An individual who exhibits this response.
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A culture-specific disorder in which the startle response causes abnormal behaviors such as mimicry and obeying all commands. It is seen primarily in Malaysia and Indonesia.
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An individual who exhibits this response.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
latah
Plural:
latahs

Origin of latah

  • Malay perhaps from Sanskrit laṭaḥ one who speaks like a fool

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition