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Many people have written some form of Igbo Dictionary Book(s) in a manuscripts or electronic files but could not publish it. Why?

Igbo language is difficult because of the huge number of dialects, its richness in prefixes and suffixes and its heavy intonation.

It is the intention of the author not to address the issue of tones, dialects, prefixes and suffixes otherwise this english to igbo (or igbo to english) website will not be published like many others - Igbo Dictionary.

You are now reading a Practical Approach to Igbo English Dictionary.

This Teach Yourself Igbo Dictionary was prepared for the Anambra State - Oraifite or Onitsha People and intended to assist Igbo speakers to learn English. Such is still its main intention.

It can, however, be used by English speakers wishing to learn Igbo Language, provided they do so with caution.

It should be used as an index to the use of an Igbo English dictionary, and any word not found here is a mistake and this dictionary should not be assumed a complete collection of Igbo words.

Otherwise confusion is apt to arise over the many entries, where several Igbo equivalents are given under one English word.


The alphabetical order is as follows:


Vowel, a sound made by the aid of the vocal cords, but without any audible friction made by the tongue, teeth, lips or palate.

Consonant, is to make a sound in speech produced by a stoppage or partial stoppage of the breath; a speech sound that is not a vowel.

From experiences, the best and easiest way to learn the alphabets are to memorize or cram it in the following groups of given characters:


It can be seen that the order here is strictly alphabetical, in that dotted letters follow their undotted counterparts (e.g. ị follows i) and double letters (digraphs) follow single letters (e.g. gh follows g)

Important Pronouns (Subjective)

m - I/me/my/mine;
As in a ... m as in
{A ga m - I will;}
{A na m - I am [present continuous tense]}

i - you
o - he/she
a - impersonal pronoun/one {when the consonant is followed by open vowels for example, a gaa; a lia;}
e - impersonal pronoun/one {when the consonant is followed by open vowels e, i, o, e; for example, e mee; e loo}

anyi- we
unu - you (pl)
ha/ wa/ wo - they
ndi - those/ who


m/mu - me/ to me
gị - you/ to you
ya - him/ her/ to him/ to her
mmadu - one/ someone {impersonal}

anyi - us/ to us
unu - you {pl}/ to you
ha - them/ to them
ndi mmadu - people {impersonal, pl}

Ị si - You say/ You said/ if you say/ Did you say?
mụ na gị - me and you/
Ị na aga - You are going
Ị si na - You say that

ma na - that
ma na Ị na aga - but you are going
Ya na gị na aga - He is going with you
O na edu - He is guiding
Ị na edu - You are guiding

The present Igbo dictionary is a much revised and expanded version of the English Igbo dictionary published by Kay Williamson is a good attempt to standardized Igbo English dictionary or Igbo language dictionary.

Furthermore, for some reason, the Igbo translation dictionary does lose its full meaning in the English to Igbo dictionary or English Igbo dictionary translator.






Continuous Meaning












 a ba a


when one enters (transitive)

 a bia


when one comes; name of a State in Igbo land (o bia - when he comes)

 a cho (o)


When one finds/looks for; (na-aeho -is looking for)

 a chorom ya


I don't want it

 a chorum ki nyerem aka


I need your help

a chorum mmanya


I want a drink

 A fi (ko)


When is crumbled

 A fu


When one sees {transitive}

 a fum gi nanya


love you

 a ju


when one refuses (transitive)

 a meruolam ahu


I have been injured

 a muo


When birth is given; When one learns

a nam a su Igbo ofuma


I can't speak Igbo well

 a nam eri anu efi


I don't eat beef

 a nam eri anu ezi


I don't eat pork

 a vi



 a wii


when one pours

 aala, anyala


  {ofe} egg-plant with tiny fruits and edible leaves {afụfa}



not to enter into; also name of a town in Abia State




 abali oma

good night




 abubo ndu


fresh vegetables



2; two

 abuzu; mbuzu; mbuzo; mgbaja

 Abuzu is "insert cricket" in Igbo!

insert cricket



Name of a grain grown in Northern Nigeria associated with famine



a seed for soup-making; name of a town









first daughter; eldest daughter; chief woman of family; loosely used for all daughters


ada eze



ada Ije

daughter of the family; female name


ada mma

fine daughter (used to praise a small girl); also female name


ada nne nna

paternal aunt


ada nne nne

maternal aunt


ada ora

daughter of all; female name


nwa ada

same as ada (for petting); female name


ụmụ ada

group of married women who originate from a particular village/ town and, even though they are usually married outside it, influence the affairs of their home village/ town and the women who marry into it.



not being (in astate of)



protecting; (ado 0 - when one plants)



seed yam



name; oracle; (alaa - when one squeezes); divination; shells of native mango fruit strung together and used by medicine men in divination


 akpa afa

diviner's bag


 gba afa

Practise divination. This is part of the work of certain native doctors. A collection of various objects is used, including human and animal teeth, cowries, seeds, coins, pieces of bone, seeds of certain plants. This collection is kept in a container. Native doctors stares steadily at the objects for some minutes, then directs his gaze to his client, to whom he tells the revelation of the divination. Before concluding this report he can throw the objects once, twice or more times with the necessary additional revelation.


 afa Igbo i

your Igbo name


 afa ị

your personal name


 afa nna ị

your father's name, surname


 afa otutu

name by which someone is called on solemn occasions; praise-name


 afa Oyibo i

your English name; {onye ocha; oyibo ndi ocha - white people}


 ba afa

give name


 fo afa

mention; mention name


 fota afa

make mention; mention


 gụ afa

give a name to; name;


 kpọ afa

call by name; name


 malụ afa

be well-known, important


 A malụ afa ya

He is well-known


 A malọ afa ya

No one has heard of him; he is unknown


 tu afa

extol; salute by title, nickname


 za afa

bear a name; answer to one's name {as in classroom...answer your name during registration calling}



name {Onitsh dialect}



title fiven to chiefs



dress; cloths; sewn garment; mask


 afe mmọọ; afe mmuo; afe mmuọ

mask of the masquerader's cloth

 afe ọnụ

moustache; beard

 afe ụka

cloth, garment, robe set aside and devoted to wearing to church services; Sunday clothes

 afe ụla

night gown {cloths worn for sleep}

 aka afe

garment sleeve

 onye afe oji

policeman {woman}

 wopụ afe

put off cloths

 yi afe

wear cloth

 yili afe

put on clothes

 Yili afe gị ka anyị je Ụka

Put on your clothes and let us go to Church



plate; flat dish

 afele nsansa

flat plate

 afele ụwịwa

breakable dish

 afele ụkịlị

hollow plate

 gbacha afele

clean the plate {food}



market; trade

 Afịa ya dachighalụ azụ, maka na o nwerọ ike ịzụ ego e nyelụ ya

His trade declined because he could not build up his capital

 afịa olile

merchandise; commodity


commission to buy in the market; order

 gba afịa


 gbọ afịa

suffer loss in trade

 ife afịa

small edible articles bought women for their children

 izu afịa

market week of four days

 kpụ afịa

expose, display wares for sale

 kwalụ afịa

pack and move wares away

 le afịa ọkshọm

sell wares at an auction

 onye afịa

merchant; customer; trader

 ọma afịa

centre of market

 ọnụ afịa

price; market price; cost

 sụ afịa

flood the market {of excess commodity}
Azụ sụlụ - The market is flooded with fish.
Akpụkpọ ụkwụ m zụtalụ n'Aba n'ọnwa galụ aga sụlụ afịa - The shoes I bought from Aba last month were sold at a loss.
Ị sụlụ afịa - You are pretty useless

 tu afịa

request someone going to market to help buy something; commission someone to buy something

 ụnọ afịa

market stall

 zụ afịa

trade; hold market; buy and sell in market



grass; sweepings; parings; herb; native medicine prepared with herbs.

 Ọ na agwa ụmụ afịfịa okwu

He is speaking to low-grade people

 afịfịa ọgwụ

herb {for the preparation of native medicine}


 gbu afịfịa

clear weeds


 kpa afịfịa

collects herbs



belly/ stomach; bowels; abdomen; year - Orlu dialect


 afọ ime

 pregnancy; carry belly {belly of pregnancy}


 afọ njọ



 afọ nni



 afọ Ofufu

 {Biblical} liberality; generosity


 afọ ụbala



 afọ ọchịchị



 afọ ọlụlụ

 colic; stomach-ache


 afọ ọma



 afọ ụra

 sacrifice before cultivation


 afọ ọsịsa



 afọ ụsụsụ, afọ ọzịza



 afọ ukwu



 afọ ụkwụ

 calf of leg


 arụrụ afọ

 intestinal worm, very tiny; pinworm {ants of belly}


 bu afọ ime

 be pregnant {carry pregnant belly}:


 Chioma bu afọ ime

  Chioma is pregnant


 elili afọ

 the intestines {Reticulum beef tripe, cow stomach chamber - shaki meat}


 ju afọ



 O julu m` afọ

 It satisfies me


 Afọ julu m

 I am satisfied


 kO afọ

 distend abdomen


 laju afọ

 drink to satisfy


 lụ afọ

 have stomach-ache


 ngịlị afọ

 intestine; bowels {of cow; goat; lamp, etc...}


 nupụ afọ

 act as purgative; have swollen belly


 nwanne afọ

 brother or sister of same father and mother; full brother or sister {brother or sister of same womb}


 nwe afọ ọma

 be generous, kind, benevolent


 nyeju afọ

 feed well


 ọgwụ afọ



 tepulu afọ

 have distended abdomen like that of ascitic or overfed child


 tepụbe afọ

 have a bulging distended abdomen


 to afọ

 have great swollen belly; develop ascites


 ụma afọ

 enlarged spleen; kind of abdominal disorder in children

 afo iri





afo market (Igbo speaking north main market)

 afo; aro








 a day in the Igbo four-day week, following Oye, personified as an alụsị



 name of female person born on afO {four market days - orie, afọ, nkwọ, eke}



 name of male person born on afụ



 half penny {halfpenny}





 aka afụ

 last year; {generally} old times, days of old


 ebe afụ

 that place; there:


 Ony nụ ebe afụ?

 Who is there?


 ekpe afụ

 then; at that time


 etu afụ

 so; in that manner


 m`gbe afụ

 then; at that time


 ndị afụ

 those {people}


 Ofu afụ

 that very one


 onye afụ

 that person



  used in:


 afụ ọnụ, afe ọnụ

 moustache; beard


 gba afụ ọnụ

 grow beard, moustache



garden eggs



  egg plant {Solanum macrocarpon - afẁfa}



  trouble; difficulty


 afụfụ m#mụọ

 punishment in underworld; very severe punishment or trouble


 afụfụ ụwa

 misfortune; ups and downs of life


 fụ afụfụ



 ta afụfụ

 suffer; punish; be in suffering, trouble:


 Ị ga-ata afụfụ

 You will suffer


 ụwa afụfụ

 world of suffering



  any rash caused by perspiration; dermatitis; eczema; uticaria; swollen patches due to sensitivity to some particular food, serum, drug, etc. { fụ - swell}






  large needle for sewing sacks, etc.



  variety of yam



  barren woman



Childless, Will it be? {e.g Aga as; na? -Will it be said that?



  lion; name of masquerade



  old person


 agadi nwaanyị

 old woman


 agadi nwaanyị isi awọ

 {an old woman with grey hair} plant used as medicine to see night witches


 agadi nwoke

 old man


 me agadi

 be old, decrepit; become old



  bandit; expert thief



  false thistle; name of a masquerade



 barbed spear for hunting or fighting






  title given to chiefs



  tree from which firewood and incense are obtained



 covenant; appointment


 agba Ochie

 Old Testament


 agba ọfọọ

 New Testament


 ka agba

 make appointment





 nwe agba

  have a say in; have influence



  rheumatism {OkpoOmili}

 agbadagba ntị





 the author of fertility, one of the manifestations of Chukwu Okike, Creator; male name; child {usually male} whose pregnancy and delivery was made possible by agbala


 do agbala

 perform routine sacrifice to agbala; swear blood-brotherhood; make covenant {between two or more parties} vowing not to do anything to endanger either party's life safety, etc.


 je agbala

 consult the agbala in Awka, the most famous one



  {also agbala nwaanyị} woman of great influence or of strong, stout build



  an object about 8' long, made of two long bamboos, with a number of coconut shells fixed between them representing the number of girls the owner was on intimate terms with in his youth

 agbala, agbara





change in year



  boundary line; border


 agbata obi

 neighbourhood; neighbour


 onye agbata obi

 neighbour; next-door neighbour:


 ọnwọọk bụ onye agbata obi m ọnwọọka

 is my neighbour:


 agbata obi ony bụ nwa nne ya

 {Proverb:} A person's neighbour is his brother or sister



  a god; male name



 long, narrow calabash for carrying water or wine; calabash



  solid, thick palm oil

 agbịsị, agbọsị


  black ant infesting houses, living in holes in mud floors



 growing calabash



  covering cloth



  descent; family; lineage; inheritable characteristic of a family:


 agbọ Osita bụ agbọ na-adị nkenke

 Osita's lineage is one of short people {Nollywood superstar actors - Osita Iheme (Pawpaw) & Chinedu Ikedieze (Aki) }



 female name



  bonds; a binding


 fie agbọ

 bind; cord


 ke agbọ



 O kelụ ya agbọ

 He bound him; rope used for climbing, made from ngwọ (raffia palm tree) fronds

 agbọ agbọ ajọ ọfịa


 very thick forest, especially that devoted to a god, out of bounds to all except the priests of that particular god



  place where refuse is disposed; dunghill {usually deliberately kept as store of manure for fertilizing land}; compost heap; rubbish heap


 akpa agbọgbọ

 grub usually found in a decaying compost heap


 kpo agbọgbọ

 collect decayed compost for application to crops



 see agbọọ



  slimy substance, e.g. from fish



 see ọgbọnọ





 gbọ agbọọ



 ada na-agbọ agbọọ

 Ada is vomiting


 rụ agbọọ

 retch; make to feel nausea; cause nausea



  vomit; = ọgbọgbọ

 agbọọ, agbọghọ


  girl of marriageable age; young girl


 Oluchi bụ nwa agbọọ

 Oluchi is a young girl



 girl of marriageable age


 me agbọghọ

 act as or be a young woman



 see agbịsị



  molar teeth; part of the jaw where they are situated

 agha, aya


  war {as in Nigeria Biafra civil war}


 bu agha



 busO agha

 fight or war against; carry war against


 anyị na-achọ ibusO fa agha

 We are going to carry war against them


 dọ n'agha

 take prisoner in war


 ọdịdọ n'agha

 captivity; state of being a prisoner of war


 ife agha



 je agha

 go to war; be recruited into war


 ndi agha

 soldiers; warriors


 nụ agha

 fight war; war


 nọsO agha

 fight or war against


 ọchị agha

  military officer, leader; commanding officer; a male name

 agha, aya


 used in: agha ọghụgha changing of state of things for worse

 aghala, ayala


  lawlessness; confusion:


 Ọsuọfia na-abịa ebe a ịkpa aghala

  Ọsuọfia is coming here to cause confusion


 gba aghala

 riot; be disorderly; be rascally


 kpọ aghala

 cause confusion, riot, tumult


 onye aghala

 lawless person

aghotaghi m


I don't understand

 aghụghọ, awụwọ


  guile; deceitfulness; cunning; double-dealing


 ghọ aghụghọ

 be tricky, cunning, fond of setting persons against one another {such activity usually being done underground}; carry on double-dealing:


 emeka ana aghọka aghụghO

 Emeka is very fond of double dealing


 pụ ala aghụghọ

 pretend to be mad {in order to cheat or trick}



  maize gruel {agidi}



  fatness; stoutness; bigness


 gba agịdịgị

 be fat, plump; have stout build {of human being only}



  see agụgọ

 agịlị isi


  hair of head






  iron gong for proclamations {agogo "bell"}



  medicinal plant with reddish seeds



  wild Canna {Canna indica Linn.}, seen in Agwụ shrines



leopard {agu is not a lion}



a razor blade








 agụ ata

 jackal-like animal; name of a town {lit. leopard of the wilderness}


 agụ iyi



 agụ ọgba

 leopard which is weaker and less ferocious than the real leopard


 nwa agụ

 very young leopard


 obi agụ

 daring, fearless like a leopard; brave


 Ogbu agụ

 title; holder of Ogbu agụ title; name {lit. leopard-killer}


 Ọgba agụ

 secret night society {using agụ ọgba}; Leopard Society



 open grassy country; wilderness



  person bearing same name as oneself; namesake {OgbO}



  see Agwụ

 agụgọ, agịgọ


  denial; plea:


 enwerọ m agụgọ

 I have no plea


 gọ agụgọ



 Ada m achọ ụkpa onye na-agọ agụgọ ife o melụ

 I do not like the company of anybody who denies what he has done { gọ - deny}






  name for a child believed an ọgbanje {Are we to count you among our family circle {or are you going to leave us again?}}



  hunger; desire; eagerness


 {agụụ} gụ

 be hungry



 mmili thirst


 gụ agụụ

 hunger; desire; long for { gụ - desire}

 aguu; aguru








  beans; Lima bean


 agwa ọcha

 cowpea {Vigna unguiculata Walp.}


 ịfụlịfụ agwa

 pod of beans





 tụ agwa

 be spotted, variegated in colour


 Akwụkwọ ?kaa tụlụ agwa ọcha na edO

 This leaf is coloured white and yellow


 Nkịta m tụlụ agwa ka agụ

 My dog is spotted like a leopard



  manners; behaviour:


 agwa ya adisịrọ mma

 His manners leave something to be desired


 agwa ochie

 old custom


 kpa agwa

 behave {usually badly}


 kpa agwa ọjọọ

 behave badly




 agwa, agwaa


  home sickness; nostalgia


 {agwa} ma



 Agwa enyị m nwoke nọ n'ObOdO Oyịbo na-ama m

  I miss my friend who is in Holland {i.e. I feel his absence}






  snake {generic}



  A. raffia; raffia dancing-skirt used by masquerades

 agwụ, agụ


  an alụsị, or class of alụsị, of ambivalent character, the spirit of afa divination. Agwụ possesses those who are called to serve as ndị dibịa, the signs of a vocation being absentmindedness, disorientation, and the like


 Ndị na-eme agwụ ka agwụ na-akpa

  It is those who minister to agwụ that agwụ possesses


 {Agwu} kpa

 be possessed by Agwụ be mildly eccentric or mentally deranged


 agwụ na-akpa OkaafO; Ony ma ma O mego ife anaro eme eme?

 Okaafọ is disturbed in his mind; who knows if he has committed an abomination?


 lu agwụ

 perform the preliminary sacrifice before being initiated into agwụ


 nne agwụ

 figure to the right of agwụ


 nwa agwụ

 figure to the left of agwụ


 udene agwụ

 vulture associated with agwụ, an image of which is made



name {ahaa - to let go of}



aha! {surprise}









choosing; year - Orsu dialect; a kind of dish






that; those; body



Body; one sees; shaking

 ahu na anwum


I'm sick

 ahuru m gi na-anya

 I love you in Igbo!

I love you; Igbo word for love; how to say I love you in igbo; I love you in igbo language; I love u in igbo; how to say my love in igbo


 ahuru m gi na-anya mgbe nile

I love you forever


 ahuru m gi na-anya nke ukwu

I love you very much



sand; offering made to a god



  earth; trodden clay; building mud; sand



 see anị


 aja idei

 heap of sand collected by flood after rainfall


 aja n'gwe



 aja odido



 aja ubOm`

 white sand, got from river, used in building


 aja uke

 red soil


 aja ụpa

 red clay used for building in upland areas {ụlọ}


 do aja

 build a wall


 gbu aja ụnọ

 build walls of mud building


 nwa eze ala aja

 instep of foot {the king's baby never licks the sand}


 te aja

 rub, smoothe, wet wall; paint wall


 tibo aja

 break piece of wall of with blow; remove part of wall with blow


 ụwa aja aja

 troublesome world; world of trials and tribulations {world of sands; any food or beautiful thing, once sand is spilt into it, is fouled}






  sacrifice, particularly the joyless sacrifice offered to pacify or drive out evil spirits


 akaloOgOli, ajọ mmụọ ekwensu

 sometimes, more generally, any sacrifice


 chụ aja

 offer joyless sacrifice to drive out evil spirits


 do aja

 deposit joyless sacrifice


 ụgbọ aja

 roughly-woven basket containing joyless sacrifice



  Nile Perch, the largest fish in the area {Lates niloticus}


 nkọlọ aja

 smaller sized aja



  widower; widow


 ajadu nwaanyị



 ajadu nwoke, ajadu nwoke;




red earth



Hair; a kind of Big tree



  hair of humans or animals {excluding hair of head and eye lashes, which are known as ntutu {,b>isi} and ntutu anya respectively}


 kpacha ajị

 crop, shave, cut hair


 kpacha ajị anụ

 crop, cut hair of animal



  used in:


 ajị iyi




  {also akwa ajị} a kind of native woven cloth, rough, coarse and thick



  used in:


 ajị enyi

 severe dysmenorrhoea {painful menstruation} which occurs mostly in young women; in severe cases leaves the patient prostrate, and can be disabling



  shortened form of ajị iyi crocodile



  sweat; perspiration


 gba ajịlịja




  smooth pebble; strong and wiry:


 Ọ bụ ajịlịja mmadụ/Ọ dị ajịlịja n'anya

 He is strong and wiry








 ajọ arụ

 bad luck


 ajọ ife

 crime, including abomination and defilement


 ajọ isi

 back luck


 ajọ mmụọ

 bad spirit


 ajọ oyi



 ajọ ọfịa

 see under ọfịa


 ajọ ọlụ

 very, exceedingly, hard:


 Ọ dị ajọ ọlụ

 It is very hard


 ajọ ọnọdụ

 bad position or condition


 ajọ ọnụ

 bad speech; foul-mouthedness


 ajọ ọya

 malignant disease


 ajọ mmadụ

 wicked person:


 anyị amalụgo na Ọbịageli abụrọ ajọ mmadụ

 We know that ọbịageli is not a wicked person


 ajọ uche

 bad plan


 lụ ajọ ọlụ

 do work badly





 ajụ ụtaba

 roll of tobacco





 {ajụ} bu

 be dizzy:


 Ajụ na-ebu m

 I am dizzy


 bu ajụ

 cause dizziness:


 Ọgwụ m ṅụlụ n'ụtụtụ a na-ebu m ajụ

 The medicine I drank this morning is making me dizzy


 chụ ajụ

 be giddy; feel giddy



tall coarse grass used for thatching




 jụ ajụjụ

ask a question {jụ - ask}



hand; arm; foreleg; handle; part; portion; a species of snakes

 aka afe

sleeve of garment

 aka azu

bribe; back-hand

 Ọ na-achọ ili aka azụ

He wants to take a bribe

 aka ebe

witness; surety:

 Ọ bụ onye aka ebe m

He is my witness; pledge

 Ka ife a nọdụ n'aka ebe

Let this {thing} stand as a pledge

 aka ekpe

left hand

 aka eze


 aka ike

stinginess; rigid discipline; force; violence

 aka nri; aka ikenga; raitu

right hand


 aka izize

  shaky hand; {e.g. some people cannot bear to inflict injury on other even in treatment, as in incision of abscess, injection, etc.}


 {aka} ka aka

 be stronger than {hand to be greater than hand}


 aka m`ka aka ya

 I am stronger than he


 ak melụ

 illicit gin {made by hand}


 aka mkpa

 one's very own


 aka n'chịcha

 hand with white patches {due to depigmentation}


 aka n'gwe

 stone or wooden pestle for pepper, egusi, herbs, etc.


 aka ṅka

 artistically inclined, talented


 aka nkọ

 handy; quick-handed


 aka nlọ



 aka nni

 right hand


 aka ntadide



 aka n'tụtụ

 pilfering; light fingers


 Ọ bụ onye aka ntụtụ

 He is light-fingered


 aka odo

 wooden pestle for yam pounding


 aka okwute

 stone for grinding corn


 akala aka

 lines on the hand; destiny


 akpụ aka



 ama aka

 span {of thumb and forefinger}


 anị ogwe aka



 azụ aka

  hypocrisy {back of hand}


 Ọ na-ezi anyị azụ aka

 he is being hypocritical with us; {he is showing us the back of the hand}


 bikwasị aka

 lay hands upon


 bikwasị aka n'isi

 confirm {in church confirmation}


 bitụ aka

 take hold of, grasp, press with hand lightly {e.g. as when feeling the temperature of a person with the hand}


 chịni aka

 lift up hands; take the hands off; desist from


 chịnita aka

 hold up the hands


 da aka

 lay hands on


 dị n'aka

 be responsible


 du aka



 dụ aka



 efeli aka

 withered hand


 fe aka



 gado aka

 hold someone responsible


 gịgado aka

 catch hold of lightly


 gba aka

 snap fingers to show interest; be empty-handed:


 aga m` agba aka je be eze

 I shall go to the King's house empty-handed


 gba aka nwa

 be childless


 gba aka ọkpọrọ

 be empty-handed


 gba aka ọlụ

 be unemployed


 ikili aka



 iru aka



 isi aka



 ji aka

 be sure; hope


 I ji aka na Chioma ga-abịa taa? Ee, eji m aka na ọga-abịa taa

 Are you sure Chioma will come today?
Yes, I am sure she will come today


 Eji mm aka na Chukwu ga-enyelụ anyị aka

 I am hopeful that God will help us


 jikọ aka

 join hands in doing something {in marriage}


 jipụ aka

 be disappointed


 ju aka

 be plentiful


 ku n'aka

 nurse; hold in the arms


 kụ aka

 clap hands


 kụpụ aka

 fail; give up


 kpukpu aka

 motion with hands for silence


 kwa aka

 push; urge; drive


 kwe n'aka

 shake hands


 kwedo aka

 lay hold of


 kwọ aka

 wash the hands


 kwukwu aka

 clench, close the hand


 nkwukwu aka



 kwụkọ aka

 rub the hands together in supplication


 lu aka

 receive; reach


 malụ aka

 be friendly; be familiar with


 m`be aka nni

 handful of food {e.g. fufu}


 me aka n'tụtụ

 be fond of pilfering, picking and stealing


 metụ aka

 touch lightly


 m`gba aka, mgba aka



 mkpa aka



 mkpa n'aka

 walking-stick; staff


 mkpịsị aka



 ṅju aka



 ṅku aka



 nu aka



 nye aka

 help; assist; give a helping hand


 nnweju aka

 sufficiency; enough


 ọbụ aka

 palm of hand


 ọchịchị aka ike



 ọdụ aka

 little finger


 ọgwe aka



 ọgwụ aka

 whitlow {on the finger or hand}


 ọtụtụ aka

 arm's length


 sa aka

 open the hand


 ti aka

 strike, beat, with hand


 tinye aka na nni

 dine; have meal; dine with {in invitation to a friend present during a meal}


 tị aka

 stretch hands, fingers; crack the knuckles


 tụkpO aka



 tụtụ aka {ṅtụtụ}

 pilfer; pick and steal


 ụmụ aka

 {young} children; babes in arms


 weni aka

 take hand from; raise hand; abandon; leave alone


 weni aka enu

 raise hand up


 wepụ aka

 take hands off {e.g. a matter}


 zo aka

 point at; point with the hand



  length; distance


 bite aka

  live far away; live for long


 bute aka

 carry to a great distance


 gate/jete aka

 go far away


 te aka

 be distant, far, remote; be long {in time}



  kind of bead worn round neck; necklace; bead worn on wrist by renowned men



  dwarf; midget {akakpọ}


 aka ṅri

 male palace dwarf associated with Eze ṅri





 aka a, aka afụ

 last year; old times; days of old

 aka gum; aka superclue


  stinge {person}; tight festted; mean (person}

 aka, ọka


  jigger; animal tick


 aka nwa ṅtugbu

 insect seen on unscrubbed mud floors



  pangolin, whose skin is used for medicine



  mockery; humiliation


 me akaje

 humiliate; disgrace:


 Ọ bụlụ na nwoke afụ abịazie ebe a ọzọ anyị ga-eme ya akaje

 If that man dares come here again we shall humiliate him



  person {child} of stunted growth; underdeveloped person {child or young person}; dwarf {aka}


 da akakpọ

 be stunted in growth


 nwa akakpọ

 dwarf; stunted person


 sụ akakpọ

 be stunted in growth



 sign; mark; cut; footprint


 ka akala

 draw a line


 akala aka

 ldestiny; ines on the hand


 akala ọkwa

 insignia of office

 akala, akara


  cake made of beans {akara}



  spirits of the dead of worthless people {see mmụọ}:


 Ndị akaloọgọli ji ya aka

 He is possessed by the spirits of worthless people; Unambititious, easy-going, prodigal person



  guinea corn gruel; hot pap {Hausa}


 gbe akamu

 mix, prepare liquid pap



  potash {kanwaa}

 akanya, akanyị


  thatching mats made of ngwọ leaves


 do akanya

 make thatch


 tụ akanya

 thatch roof; build thatch-roofed house


 tụ ụnọ akanya

 build thatch-roofed house



 see akala






  common type of cocoyam {ede}



  masquerade with a large head



  great person {used as a praise-name


 Ọ bụ akatakpo mmadu

 He is a great person



  frog whose cry is a sign of the annual flood of the Niger



of palm nut/nut






  pattern of spots


 tụ akịka

 be spotted



 see akụkọ



  dry grass; grass for thatching; dry palm fronds


 tụ {unọ} akịlịka

 build grass-roofed house



  peeling or scraping of roasted yam; food burnt in cooking; dry yam plant {external stem which looks like rope and which when twined into a bundle resembles a sponge, sometimes used for hard scrubbing}



wisdom; prudence





 akọ na uche

 intelligence; mind


 nwe akọ

 be intelligent


 nwe akọ na uche

 be sensible, intelligent:


 Chukwuma nwelụ nnukwu akọ na uche

  Chukwuma is very intelligent {or sensible}



  food prepared from ground maize for feasts



  dry {land}



 see akụlọ

 akọm, akụm


  fever; malaria; jaundice {ịba}



  abuse; vituperation




 akpa ego mu e fuole

I lost my wallet

 akpa nnwa


 akpa nwamiri


 akpam e fuole

I lost my bag



 akpata mgbach




  strip iron used to strengthen a mud building and join timbers



  grub such as found in compost heap or decaying palm tree


 akpa agbụgbọ

 grub usually found in a decaying compost heap


 akpa nkwụ

 grub found on palm tree and in decaying palm tree trunk {palm tree grub}



  living or dead palm fronds; long broom prepared from palm fronds, used for sweeping outside


 akpa nkwụ

 palm fronds; long broom of palm fronds


 oke akpa

 long broom of palm fronds



  bag; sack; container


 akpa abụ

 boil in armpit


 akpa afa

 diviner's bag


 akpa akụ



 akpa ego

  purse; 200 naira; 24,000 cowries {= 20 akwa};





 akpa nnwa

 womb; uterus


 akpa nnwammili



 akpa ọjị

 pod of kolanut


 akpa uche

 mind; memory


 akpa ụkwala




  nest {of bees or wasps}


 akpa anwụ

 bees' nest


 akpa ebu

 wasps' nest




 akpa elulu; elulu-ngwo; akpa ngwo; erughulu ukwu ngwo

 Larvae raffia palm known in igbo language as Akpa elule or Elulu ngwo or Erughulu ukwu ngwo

Larvae raffia palm; ready-to-eat foods {Larvae raffia palm often fried and sauced vended on highways: Onitsha-Owerri, south east Nigeria}. Food either raw or cooked, hot or chilled that are ready for immediate consumption at the point of sale without further treatment are generally described as ready-to-eat



  used in:


 akpaka ụzụ

 log of wood on which the blacksmith's anvil is set. It is buried in the ground with raffia fibres forming the base so that the log of wood jumps when the iron is hit by the blacksmith. This lightens the jarring of the hammer on the blacksmith's hand.



  long bamboo frame for carrying load; stretcher for sick person



  tree whose seed is used in making soup



  yellow; brown



  dung of fowls and birds



  used in - tụ akpanị be bellicose, pugnacious

akpanti nri


cupboard {as in box for food stuff}



  someone who can behave badly because he is protected at a higher level



 shelf for storing





 akpati ozu

 coffin; casket { coffin casket}



  trumpet; horn



bed bug



 scorpion {odogwu ọzala}



  tick; bedbug





 {akpịlị} gụ

 lose voice {as a result of excessive straining of the voice from long speech or of a cold}


 akpịlị`gụlụ m

 I have lost my voice


 amaafịa ṅtụtọ akpịlị

 sore throat


 gụ akpịlị

 make to lose voice:


 Ukwala gụlụ m akpịlị

 A cough has taken away my voice


 opu akpịlị

 goitre; desire; greed; lust


 dọ akpịlị

 long after


 to akpịlị

 delight; appeal to; also specifically used to refer to practice by some children who gaze steadily at person eating or holding eatable thing which greatly appeals to them

 akpịlị ịkpọ nkụ

 intense thirst


akpili; akpiri





  scale of fish






  round; number of times


 sọ Ofu akpo

 once only; once for all



  soft palate; {more generally} roof of the mouth



  cassava; cassava starch; fufu {raw and pounded}


 akpụ apalapa, apịlapị

 raw fufu {sieved and ready for cooking. Usually sold in this form in the market, where it is rolled into balls and retailed in small amounts}


 akpụ ṅkọlọ

 shredded cassava; raw or pounded fufu; archaic name loosely used for cassava generally


 gbunye akpụ

 steep, soak cassava in water


 kwọ akpụ

 grate cassava; make gari


 ọdọ akpọ

 cassava, raw fufu stalls a section of the market where cassava, raw fufu, is displayed for sale



fufu; cassava starch meal



 cottonwood; silk cotton tree, found at Agwụ shrine


 Owu akpọ



 ulume akpọ




  knot; lump; cyst; hump {ọkpụ}


 akpụ aka



 akpọ ji, akpụ ji

 second yam for replanting.


 akpụ onu



 akpụ ụkwọ

 thigh muscle


 wụ akpụ

 extract, excise tumour





 {akpụkpa} ta

 attack {of crawcraw}:


 Akpụkpa na-ata Ndubuisi

  Ndubuisi has crawcraw


 ta akpụkpa

 cause crawcraw:


 Nnu ọchaṅja na-ata akpụkpa ọchanja

 salt causes crawcraw



  skin; leather; hide


 akpụkpọ ụkwọ

 boot; shoe; sandal


 gba akpụkpọ



 yi akpụkpọ ụkwọ

 wear shoes



  crumbs {of pounded food}


 akpụkpụ ikwe ka nne nni, Onye nwe nni ebulukwọ nni ya

 {If crumbs of pounded food tend to be larger than the main food, the owner of the food will take back his food {in annoyance, discontinuing the pounding}}



 droppings, dung, of animals {the kind that is rolled in small balls, made especially by goats}



  used in


 akpụlụ ekwe

 unsplit cane



termites; Cocoa nut; Oil paIm nut; (akuo -when one plants)

aku oyibo








  plant with tiny thorns which yields strings, used to tie up seed-yams or to make akwalị





 ku akupe



 Fa na-eku mmụọ fa akupe

 They are fanning their masquerade



  palm kernel


 akụ mmili igwe



 akụ oyibo



 akụ ụtụtọlọ

 kernels of unripe palm fruits {usually white}


 ichele akụ

 shells of palm kernels


 kpa akụ

 search for palm kernels at the farm {usually of children}; play a board game like draughts


 mkpa akụ

 the search for kernels


 mkpụlụ akụ

 palm kernel


 ta akụ

 be dried, without juice, as of some fruits and tubers; nonsucculent


 ude akụ

 palm kernel oil



  pubic hair


 gba akụ

 grow pubic hair





 akpa akụ




  wealth; riches


 li akụ

 inherit wealth


 oli akụ

 {loved} wife; heir; inheritor


 kpata akụ

 acquire wealth


 unọ akụ

 bank; departmental store; trading post



  winged termite {edible}

 akụkọ, akịkọ


  story {in general}


 kọ akụkọ

 tell a story; give news


 akụkọ iro

 fable; myth; true narrative; history {as opposed to akụkọ iro}



 see akọm





 akụkụ ọfụụ

 new piece of slang


 kụ akụkụ

 say slang word

 akụlọ, akọlọ





  side; part; locality






  cry; weeping


 akwa alịlị

 weeping over personal tragedy or misfortune, e.g. death of one's dear one; unnatural misfortune, e.g. thrashing by one's child or lover


 onye m bu n'obi arapụgo m# welụ naba, akwa alịlị egbue m

 My sweetheart has left me and died, I am dying of a broken heart


 akwa nni

 greediness; lack of hospitality {crying for food}



 mourning; keeping burial customs


 abụ akwa

  song {especially Song of Solomon}; mourning song


 be akwa



 chị akwa

 cry very much, sob {harder than kwa akwa}


 ọchịchị akwa

 hard sobbing


 gO akwa

 bewail; lament


 kwa akwa

 cry; weep; lament


 mikpọ akwa

 burst out crying


 sụ mbimbi akwa



 tipu akwa

 burst out crying




 akwa abada

Women's African clothing {abada clothing}

 akwa aji

native woven cloth {as in very think, rough and coarse}

 akwa mgbochi


 akwa mmili


 akwa oyi


 akwa omuma

wrapper; blanket

 akwa ufufe


 akwa uru

mourning garment; sackcloth {usually of black or white cloth}

 akwa uju

black cloth worn by mourners

 chi akwa

scrub cloth

 de akwa

iron cloths

 gbasa akwa

spread cloth

 gbo akwa

cover with cloth

 igwu akwa


 jelu akwa

put on clothes; gird

 kowasi akwa

wrap a cloth about the body

 akwa alili

weeping over tragedy or misfortune, for example, death of one's love one; unnatural misfortune, e.g. being dump by one's child or lover. {Onye m bu n'obi arapugo m welu naba, akwa alili egbue m - My sweet heart has left me and died, I am dying of a broken heart}

 akwa nni

crying for food; greediness; lack of hospitality


mourning; keeping burial customs

 abu akwa

a song {as in church or song of Solomon; mourning song}

 be akwa


 chi akwa

cry very much, sob {kwa akwa - harder than}

 ochichi akwa

hard sobbing

 go akwa

lament; bewail

 kwa akwa

weep; cry; lament

 mikpo akwa

burst out crying

 su mbimbi akwa


 tipu akwa

burst out crying





 akwa abada

 abada cloth


 akwa ajị

 native woven cloth, very thick, rough and coarse

 akwa akwa edina



 akwa mgbOchi



 akwa mmili



 akwa oyi



 akwa ọmụma

 blanket; wrapper


 akwa ufufe



 akwa uru

 mourning garment {usually of black cloth}; sackcloth


 akwa ụjụ

 black cloth worn by mourners


 chi akwa

 scrub cloth


 de akwa

 iron clothes


 gbasa akwa

 spread cloth


 gbO akwa

 cover with cloth


 igwu akwa



 jelụ akwa

 put on clothes; gird


 kowasị akwa

 wrap a cloth about the body


 kpa akwa

 weave cloth


 kpu akwa

 cover the body with cloth


 kpupụ akwa

 take off coverlet


 kwe akwa

 weave cloth {with hand-loom}


 ma akwa

 wear, tie wrapper; be dressed in wrapper


 nkịlịka akwa

 rag; ragged cloth


 ọkwa akwa



 sụ akwa

 wash clothes


 tọ akwa

 strip body; make nude by stripping


 tụ akwa

 roll, fold cloth


 wa akwa

 wear loincloth


 yi akwa

 wear cloth



 1200 cowries {= 20 ukwu}



egg {eggs}


 akwa ọgazị

 egg of guineafowl


 bụ akwa

 hatch eggs


 ọbụbụ akwa

 contents of egg


 ikelike akwa



 kpu n'akwa

 sit on eggs; brood


 mgbụgbọ akwa



 okuko akwa



 ụbụlụ akwa



 yi akwa

 lay eggs



  bed; bridge


 akwa edina

 bed; bed to sleep



  vein; sinew; muscle; fibres from raphia palm; rope made from them {also akwala ngwọ}


 ụbọ akwala

 stringed instrument resembling guitar



  creeping plant in the bush, whose vines can be made into strings; A charm, made of the strings of akwalị or akwulu to increase fruitfulness {ọmụmụ}. It can be for a whole village or family, or for an individual woman {akwalị nwaanyị}



  funeral ceremony



crushing, with stone or with blender






silk cotton tree (Orlu dialect)



book; paper; leaf

akwukwo beke


English books

akwukwo ogwu






 akwukwo ide ihe

writing paper



  palmnut; palm fruit


 akwụ anị

 white ant {the type that lives in the ground} {palmnut of the ground}


 akwụ{kwọ} olu



 akwụ ọsụkwụ

 fruit of a type of palm, easy to break


 abụbụ akwụ

 pounded palmnut fibre left after removal of kernels


 gbu akwụ

 cut palm fruit


 Ogulu akwụ

 inferior palm-oil


 ọgbe akwụ

 head of palm nuts



  bird's nest {= anị}



  mud cooking-stand or metal tripod


 fi akwụkwa

 make a cooking-pot stand





 akwụkwọ nni



 akwụkwọ obodOlObo

 broad leaf


 akwụkwọ osisi

 leaf of tree


 akwụkwọ ụma

 leaf with smooth surface much used in wrapping food and kola nuts {plantain leaf or banana leaf}


 kpa akwụkwọ

 collect leaves {e.g. like a herbalist}


 mgbụ akwụkwọ

 {shed} leaves


 mkpa akwụkwọ

 {shed} leaves; book; paper; letter



 iwu law book


 akwụkwọ mfụkọba

 folded paper


 Akwụkwọ Nsọ

 Holy Bible


 akwụkwọ ọfụụ

 new book


 akwụkwọ ọlụ

 letter of appointment:


 fa enyego Ị akwụkwọ ọlụ?

 Have they given you the letter of appointment?


 akwụkwọ ukwe



 bi akwụkwọ

 print, type paper, book


 de akwụkwọ

 write letter


 degalụ akwụkwọ

 write {letter} to


 achọlụ m idegalụ onye isi akwụkwọ

 I want to write to the manager


 delụ akwụkwọ

 write {letter} to; help in writing a letter


 Ana m achọ idelụ ya akwụkwọ

 I am preparing to write him {or, write for him}


 ego akwụkwọ

 currency note


 Ode akwụkwọ

 clerk; letter writer


 sa akwụkwọ

 open leaves of a book {looking for a particular page or chapter}; legal paper; matters arranged by means of legal papers


 akwụkwọ isi

 tax; tax receipt, payment {lit. head paper}


 dọka akwụkwọ

 dismiss a case


 gba akwụkwọ

 prosecute {by law}:


 Ọ bụlụ na ị bata ugbo m ọge ọzọ aga m agba gị akwụkwọ

 If you dare trespass on my farm another time I shall prosecute you


 Aga m agba gị akwụkwọ

 I shall prosecute you!


 Ị pụrọ ya; ma jee gbaa m# ọ bụlụ na ị nwelụ ike

 You can't; just go and prosecute me if you can


 Ọ bụ m gbaa gị ị dọkaa?

 If I prosecute you, can you get it dismissed?


 gba akwụkwọ

 wed {in church or under ordinance}


 Nkiru na-akwadebe ịgba akwụkwọ n'ọnwa na-abịa

 Nkiru is preparing to wed next month


 na akwụkwọ isi

 pay tax:


 Ị nago akwụkwọ isi gị?

 Have you paid your tax?


 seka akwụkwọ

 dismiss a case {tear papers}


 Ana m elO na a ga-eseka akwụkwọ ọnwụụka ga-agba m

 I think that the prosecution ọnwụụka is going to bring against me will be dismissed


 ọgbụgba akwụkwọ

 legal prosecution; school


 nwata akwụkwọ

 school-child; student


 ụmụ akwụkwọ

 school-children; student


 ụnọ akwụkwọ

 school; place of learning; book-learning in general


 ọgụ akwụkwọ

 reader; scholar


 Akwụkwọ balụ ulu

 Book knowledge is useful


 ma akwụkwọ

 {know book}; be brainy


 ọ na-esilị ndị amarọ akwụkwọ ike inweta ọlụ n'ọge kịtaa

 It is difficult for illiterates to secure employment nowadays


 Ifeyinwa ma akwụkwọ

 Ifeyinwa is brilliant {in studies}


 mụ akwụkwọ

 study {study book}


 nwe isi akwụkwọ

 be brainy, brilliant {at studies}





 da akwụkwụ

 have epilepsy; be epileptic; have epileptic fits


 Ọfọ na-ada akwụkwụ

 Ọfọ has epilepsy



  yaws {ofi}


 akwụma ụkwụ

 corn {on foot}



 prostitute; harlot {ọgacha}



ground; floor; {as in land on earth}



  breast; milk


 ala efi

 milk {from cow}


 chụ ala



 Anyị ga-achụ nwa anyị ala n'ọnwa isii

 We shall wean our child at six months


 gba mmili ala

 contain breast milk; have flow of milk from the breast


 mmili ala



 mmili ala efi

 cow's milk


 nye ala



 nụ ala

 suck breast {of infant}


 Nnwa na-a?ụ ala

 The child is sucking


 sa ala

 wash breasts, especially of a newly delivered mother, to induce breast milk


 ọgbọdọgbọ ala

 abnormally heavy, large and long breasts


 nwaanyị ọgbọdọgbọ ala

 woman with abnormally large and heavy breasts





 {ala} kpa

 be mad {be moved with madness}


 onye ala

 mad person



 become mad; be mad


 Ọ na-apụala?

 Are you mad?


 pụ ala aghụghọ

 pretend to be mad {in order to cheat or trick}


 yị ala, -wị ala

 be mad; become mad:


 Ọ na-ayị ala

 He is mad



land; Earth; ground

 ala ụla





  name of a particular small market in Onitsha, now replaced by Ọchanja market

 alakụb a


  Arabic language, named after the phrase in Moslem prayers Allahu akbar


 Ọ na-asụ alakụba

 He is talking double Dutch









  a millipede {esu}



  resentment at misfortune


 Ọ na-akwa alịlị

 He resents his misfortune


 be alịlị

  mourn; lament



  long iron gong dial?



placenta; Priest King's sacred Staff



  advice; counsel; suggestion; idea; consultation


 ra alọ, -ralu alọ

 consider; take counsel; consult together; advise


 ranye alọ

 advise; give advice


 tụ alọ

 advise; counsel; deliberate on and give advice or offer suggestion


 tụnye alọ

 advise; counsel; suggest; give opinion { lọ think}



  heaviness; grievousness


 arụ alọ

 dullness; sloth; sluggishness


 dị alọ

 be heavy:


 Akpati nkaa dị alọ

 This box is heavy


 ibu alọ

 heavy load



  cock's comb



  spear used by titled men for ceremonies {= ube ṅze}; {in Nri} staff symbolizing the power which a lineage received from Chukwu during its creation



  feast for sacrificing to the ancestors



abomination; fighting

alulu; blu





  mist; cloud; vapour



the invisible super natural being and/or forces





 ta alụ




  abomination; hurtful, obnoxious thing; taboo


 ife alụ

 abomination; used with verbs to signify intensity


 kwu okwu alụ

 speak abominable word{s}


 me alụ

 commit abomination; break taboo; do something traditionally forbidden



  used in:


 alụlụ anị




  medicinal plant, also used for stew






 used in:


 kwụ alụlụ

 be misty



  spirit; divinity; deity; invisible supernatural being-force, divided by Nri into four types: those directly established by Chukwu such as Igwe, the firmament those established by Eri such as anị, Ajaana, ịfejiọkụ,Onuebo, and the market days Eke, Orie, Afọr and Ṅkwọ; those established by the ancestors such as Idemmili, Udo, Arọ, Akwalị Ọmụmụ, Ṅgene, Ọgwụgwụ, and Orịm` mịlị; those called Agwụ. The market days and the alụsị of the third and fourth types have human temperaments and are represented by nkwu {images}. Others are regarded as forces rather than beings and so can be represented only symbolically in shrines.


 do alụsị

 erect a shrine


 efi alụsị

 sacred cow {efi ịgbọ type owned by village, which cannot be killed; if it dies it is given burial like a human being}


 egwu alụsị

 traditional religious dances


 eze alụsị



 gọ alụsị

 worship a spirit


 ọkwu alụsị



 Ọnwa Uzo Alụsị

 twelfth month of the traditional Nri calender, devoted to rituals and offerings to the alụsị and to wrestling matches and dances before the temples


 pị alụsị

 carve, shape image


 rụ alụsị

 worship a spirit


 ụnọ alụsị

 shrine; building consecrated to a deity



  {also ezi ama} space in front of the compound, outside the compound wall and beginning from the main gate; street. Settlement {Udi} used in place-names Ama ọfị


 Ama Madụnaagụ

  Madụnaagụ street


 nọ n'ama



 Nwaanyị nọ n'ama

 The woman is menstruating



 go to the toilet {go out to the fore-compound beyond the main compound door}


 Ana m apụ ama

 I am going to the toilet


 pụ n'ama

 reach age of menstruation:


 Nwaanyị pụlụ n'ama

 The girl has reached puberty


 ụzọ ezi ama

 main entrance to a compound



  distinguishing mark


 ife ịrịba ama



 Enye m gị akwụkwọ ṅkaa ka ọ bụlụ ife ịrịba ama na a kpob atalụgị na ọtu anyị taata

 I present this book to you as a token to your admission into our society today



 mark; put distinguishing mark on



compound; Original Divine Mother; open square





 ama aka



 nrịb a ama

 {distinguishing} mark


 ama okwụ



 ama ụkwụ

 pace; footstep { ma measure}



  witness; secret divulged {e.g. if a person is planning to kill me on a certain day and a friend happens to know of this and tells me beforehand this information is ama}; information; testimony


 Ndi afe ojii na-akwadebe ijide Chioma ma ndi enyị ya agbagolụ ya ama

 The police were going to arrest Chioma but her friends have warned her of this


 ama ụgha

 false witness


 Ọ bụife ọjọọịgba ama ụgha

 It is a bad thing to bear false witness


 gba ama

 bear witness; divulge secret; betray


 Ndi ama

 Chukwu God's witnesses; the martyrs


 ụnụbụndi ama m

 You are my witnesses:


 Ndi ama ị na-eto ị n'enu igwe

 Thy Martyrs {witnesses} are praising Thee in Heaven


 Ndi ama Jehova

 Jehovah`s Witnesses


 onye ama

 tale-bearer; gossip; informer {gborigbori - gossiper}





 amaafịa ṅtụtọ akpịlị

 sore throat

amaghim ebem nor


I'm lost



  goodness {check}









  paddle {for canoe}


 ụgbọ amala










  point of time; hour

amara; amala





  black plaited necklace






  {also amị mịlọ}? reed





 eze amoosu

 chief of witches


 ta amoosu

 be a witch; practise witchcraft



  laugh; laughter


 kpa amụ

 cause laughter; be absurd; jest; trifle; amuse


 kpụmụlị amụ

 smile, laugh, chuckle, in a gentle way {as a sign of pleasure}


 mkpụlụ amụ

 a smile


 sọ amụ

 make laugh; please; amuse; delight; be funny {mụ amụ - laugh}





 amụ ibị



 gba amụ



 mkpụlụ amụ



 pị amụ


amu; amụ ụtụ


Male genitals; Penis, is a general term for the organs with which male introduce sperm into receptive females during sexual intercourse. Penis also know as... Little Gerald,nkpo,kpomo, ikenna, dike, Chopper, cock, dangly bits, dick, dong, john thomas, lunch box, manhood, meat, member, knob, sausage, old man, package, organ, prick, rod, schlong, todger, tool, willy, winkle





 bu amụma



 ma amụma

 prophesy; foretell


 onye amụma



 onye amụma asị

 false prophet





 se amụma

 show lightning; flash; lighten



 see anị

 ana; ani


 Earth; ground


 elili ana

 cane string {ekwe}


 gbu ana

 collect cane from bush





 anaka osisi

 branch of tree


 du anaka

 put out shoots, suckers



  god of family, represented by a tree



  chief or favourite wife {usually first} of a king



  see anịnị



  {also anịnnụnụ} bird's nest - akwụ

 anị, ana


  land; ground; soil


 anị apịtị



 anị edọ

 Atanị area {Atanị Ọgbaru where Igbo Nigerian Highlife music legends Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe comes from.}



 eze kingdom


 anị isi

 skull of head


 anị mmadụ

  another person's land; foreign country; land of the living {opposed to anị mmụọ}


 anị mmanụ anwụ na mmili ala efi

 promised land {land of milk and honey}


 anị mmanya

 dregs of wine


 anị mmarụbe



 anị mmụọ

 land of the dead {opposed to anị mmadụ,land of the living} {Christian usage} hell; Hades


 Ọ lịdalụ n'anị mmụọ

 He descended into hell


 anị obị

 place of abode; settlement


 anị ogwe aka



 anị okwụ

 most important part of the story


 anị olụ

 land overflowed in wet season


 anị ọcha

  dry land, not overflowed in wet season; Igbo land


 anị ọma jịjịjị



 anị ọna ọcha na ọna edọ

 land of gold and silver


 anị ụkwụ

 heel of the foot


 anị ụlọ

 clay soil


 akwụ anị

 white ant {the type that lives in the ground} {palmnut of the ground}


 arụ anị



 awa anị

 division, plot, of land


 bọ anị

 scratch, paw the ground {of fowls, dogs}


 dị anị

 be low


 Oche a dị anị

 This chair is low


 do anị

 settle a country; establish peace


 dolu anị

 put down


 dolu arụ anị

 take things easy


 enu anị

 dry land {as opposed to water}; high land between Asaba and Agbor


 enụ na anị

  "up and down"; blouse and wrapper made of same material


 fe anị

 prepare land for planting by propitiating the gods concerned


 gbabo anị

 kick up the ground


 gbakịlị anị

 run hither and thither; make fuss; be dilatory, going hither and thither without anything being seen done by the person;


 kpa oke anị

 make boundary between lands


 kpọbo anị

 level ground; break ground for planting


 kpọ isi anị

 prostrate; cringe; worship; beg


 kpọ anị

 clear ground by burning


 lu anị

 arrive at a settlement or conclusion


 lụ anị

 wreak havoc; commit treachery, abominably wicked or cruel act


 lụcha anị

 cultivate land; clear weeds


 ṅgwu anị

 tool for digging; digger


 ṅtọ anị

 foundation; origin


 ọbị n'ana ala aja

 one who lives underground but does not absorb earth {i.e. masquerade}


 onu anị

 low tone


 ọ na-ekwu n'onu anị

 He is speaking in low tones


 onye anị

 fellow countryman


 onye anị mmadụ

 foreigner; stranger


 ọkpụ anị

 ancient; long-established


 ọkpụkpa anị

 making of boundary


 ọmụ anị



 ọrụ anị

 dregs {of wine}


 ọsụsụ anị

 cutting, clearing of bush preparatory to farming


 pu n'anị

 be native or home-born, indigenous {grow, sprout in the soil}


 rulu anị

 stoop down


 runata anị

 stoop down a bit


 sekpụlu anị

 worship; bow, kneel down; give honour to


 sụisi n'anị

 fall headlong; throw oneself headlong



 thump on the ground; set down heavily


 tọ anya n'anị

 be observant, watchful, careful; take notice of; watch {lay the eye to the ground}


 tọ ntị n'anị

 hearken; pay attention {lay the ear to the ground}


 tọ ṅtọ anị

 lay foundation


 ụgbọ anị

 lorry; car


 ụsọ anị

 boundary {of farmland}; bank of river


 wa anị

 break up land by digging; divide land for planting; dig ground


 wedata anị

 bring down; humble; humiliate


 Anị, Ana

 the Earth Spirit, regarded as the mother of all men, the queen of the underworld, and the custodian of public morality



 aspect of the earth related to death rites



 person's name



 person's name {The land has done very well}


 Anị ezi

 the shrine of Anị owned by the head of a compound, kept in front of his house


 Anị Ọnịcha

 secret place worshipped by Onitsha people


 alụlụ Anị

 injustice; maltreatment; wickedness


 eze anị

 life-size status of carved wood, representing Anị


 nsọ anị




 sacrifice to anị



  old, worn-out thing, usually machine or vehicle


 Igwe ṅkaa bụ anịkịlịja

 This bicycle is very old and worn-out

 anịnị, aninii


  tenth of a penny {aniinii}



4; four



  Central Igbo form of ịnọ, used in ta a bụ anọ three days ago {today is four}






meat; that cannot be heard



 nama beef


 anụ ọfịa

 wild animal; any person who behaves like an animal; foolish person


 anụ ụfe

 flying creature: bird; bat


 anụ ugboko

 stupid, uncivilized person


 chụ anụ

 chase animals


 dọka anụ

 tear, rend {flesh}


 eze anụmanụ

  king of the beasts; elephant


 onye anụ

 meat seller, dealer


 ọkpụlụkpụ anụ

 piece of meat


 ọlụ anụ

 leg {of meat}


 ugwụlụgwụ anụ

 breast {of meat}


 ụwa anụmanụ

 the animal world



meat; animal

anu efi


beef {cow meat}

anu ezi



anu ohia


bush meat; bush animal




 anuli aro ofuu

Happy New Year

 anuli easter

Happy Easter

 anuli ekeresimesi

Happy Christmas

 anuli ekeresimesi oma

christmas happiness

anuli ubosi amuru gi; obi uto na omumu gi; obi ụtọ ụbọchị ọmụmụ

 Translate happy birthday in Igbo or how do you say happy birthday to igbo language

happy birthday; {Some questions to ask... "how to say happy birthday in Igbo language" or "how to write happy birthday in Igbo"?}



  wild cane; rattan; generic term applying to Oncocalamus wrightianus Hutch, O. acanthocnemis, Ancistrophyllum secundiflorum, and A. opacum, used to make chairs, beds, walking-sticks, baskets, trays, whips string, etc {see ekwe}.



  kind of ant with painful bite and characteristic smell; stink-ant

 aṅụlị, anwụlị


  feast; joyful celebration


 anụlị nnwa

 feast for a child {e.g. outing, christening, etc.} { - rejoice}



  drinking spree


 onye aụlụma




  female tortoise; wife of Tortoise in fables

 anụmdi; anurumdi


  marriage {of woman to man}; wedding

 anụn ụ


  bird {rare, small}


 anụn ụ ebe

 tree supposed very poisonous, associated with anụn ụ {famous Ibolo-Oraifite masquerade anụnụ ebe}

 anụn ụ


  indigo vine


 anụn ụ ṅgwe


 anụn ụ


  type of game played by children



  {also ịpo anwalị)? a fish {Alestes leuciscus}; ịpo is regarded as the larger size of anwalị ?



  conjuring, magic, jugglery, by dibịa


 me anwaṅsị

  conjure; do wizardry








  sunshine; heat of sun


 anwụ cha

  beat {of sun}



  see separate entry


 cha n'anwụ

 be apparent, obvious, conspicuous


 kpọ anwụ



 mkpọ anwụ

 drought; extended or severe dry season; long period without rain


 oche anwụ

 umbrella; sunshade


 oke anwụ

 intense sunshine


 ọjị a nwụ

 false iroko


 ze anwụ zelụ anwụ

 shelter from sun





 akpa anwụ



 mmanụ anwụ



 ra anwụ weru anwụ

 take honey from the comb {after driving away the bees}





 anwụ nta



 ụnọ anwụ




 see anụlị



  rough surface



  smoke; tobacco; cigarette; cigar; tobacco snuff { ụtaba}


 anwụlụ ekeleke

 tied tobacco; bits of tied tobacco retailed in small amounts, etc.


 isi anwụlụ

 head of tobacco; bunch of prepared tobacco leaves {usually black tobacco} counting 5 leaves in one head


 kpọ anwụlụ

 take snuff:


 Ọ na-akpọ anwụlụ

 He is taking {tobacco} snuff


 mkpọ anwụlụ



 kwụ anwụlụ

 smoke {of a fire}


 ọkwute anwụlụ

 stone for grinding snuff


 se anwụlụ

  smoke tobacco


 Ada m ese anwụlụ

 I never smoke





 anya akpa

 goggling eyes {not google glass eye}


 anya anwụ

 see separate entry


 {anya} bughalị

 be dizzy, giddy, mad


 Anya na-ebughalị m

 I am dizzy


 anya ike

 boldness; fearlessness; greed


 anya ị; anya gị

 exclamation of pleasure on meeting a friend after long separation


 anya mpịa

 eye partly closed through disease or accident


 anya mkpo ọ



 anya mkpụlụ

 ego eye with pupil whitened by disease


 anya mmili



 gba anya mmili

 shed tears


 anya ọkụ

  disease of the eye; fierceness of aspect; jealousy; envy {fiery eyes}


 anya ụdo

 self-control; temperance


 anya ụfịe

 squint; cross eyes


 anya ukwu