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the issue of tones, dialects, prefixes and suffixes otherwise this english to igbo (or igbo to english) website will not be published like many others - Igbo Dictionary.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

IGBO ALPHABET AND ITS ORDER

The alphabetical order is as follows:


abchdef
ggbghgwhi
jkkpkwl
mnnwnyo
prssht
uvwyz

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:
abgbdef
ggbhij
klmno
pkprssh
tuvwy
zchgwkwnwny

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

(Objective)

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.

IGBO DICTIONARY

IGBO-ENGLISH-BEKEE

 

IGBO

Word

Continuous Meaning

ENGLISH

BEKEE

 

 

 

A.

 

 

 

 

 

 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

 

befriending

 a wii

 

when one pours

 aala, anyala

 

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

 Aba

 

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

abali

 

night

 abali oma

good night

 abu

 

song

 abubo ndu

 

fresh vegetables

abuo

 

2; two

 abuzu; mbuzu; mbuzo; mgbaja

 Abuzu is "insert cricket" in Igbo!

insert cricket

 Acha

 

Name of a grain grown in Northern Nigeria associated with famine

 Achi

 

a seed for soup-making; name of a town

 achicha

 

bread

 Achu

 

pursuing

ada

 

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

 

ada eze

princess

 

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.

 adi

 

not being (in astate of)

 ado

 

protecting; (ado 0 - when one plants)

 adu

 

seed yam

 afa

 

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}

afa

 

name {Onitsh dialect}

 afaa

 

title fiven to chiefs

 afe

 

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

afele

 

plate; flat dish

 afele nsansa

flat plate

 afele ụwịwa

breakable dish

 afele ụkịlị

hollow plate

 gbacha afele

clean the plate {food}

afịa

 

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

 atụmafịa

commission to buy in the market; order

 gba afịa

trade

 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

afịfịa

 

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

 afo

 

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

 

 afọ ime

 pregnancy; carry belly {belly of pregnancy}

 

 afọ njọ

 unkindness

 

 afọ nni

 gluttony

 

 afọ ff

 {Biblical} liberality; generosity

 

 afọ ụbala

 dysentery

 

 afọ ọchịchị

 diarrhoea

 

 afọ ọlụlụ

 colic; stomach-ache

 

 afọ ọma

 kindness

 

 afọ ụra

 sacrifice before cultivation

 

 afọ ọsịsa

 dysentery

 

 afọ ụsụsụ, afọ ọzịza

 flatulence

 

 afọ ukwu

 gluttony

 

 afọ ụkwụ

 calf of leg

 

 arụrụ afọ

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

 

 bu afọ ime

 be pregnant {carry pregnant belly}:

 

 Chioma b afọ ime

  Chioma is pregnant

 

 elili afọ

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

 

 ju afọ

 satisfy

 

 O jl m` afọ

 It satisfies me

 

 Afọ jl m

 I am satisfied

 

 k 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

 purgative

 

 tepl afọ

 have distended abdomen like that of ascitic or overfed child

 

 tepụb 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

 

decade

 afo/aho

 

afo market (Igbo speaking north main market)

 afo; aro

 

year

 afrịka

 

 Africa

 afụ

 

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

 

 afụọma

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

 

 nwaafụ

 name of male person born on afụ

 afụ

 

 half penny {halfpenny}

 afụ

 

  that

 

 aka afụ

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

 

 ebe afụ

 that place; there:

 

 ny nụ ebe afụ?

 Who is there?

 

 kp afụ

 then; at that time

 

 etu afụ

 so; in that manner

 

 m`gb afụ

 then; at that time

 

 ndị afụ

 those {people}

 

 fu afụ

 that very one

 

 onye afụ

 that person

 afụ

 

  used in:

 

 afụ ọnụ, af ọnụ

 moustache; beard

 

 gba afụ ọnụ

 grow beard, moustache

afufa

 

garden eggs

 afụfa

 

  egg plant {Solanum macrocarpon - afẁfa}

 afụfụ

 

  trouble; difficulty

 

 afụfụ m#mụọ

 punishment in underworld; very severe punishment or trouble

 

 afụfụ ụwa

 misfortune; ups and downs of life

 

 fụ afụfụ

 suffer

 

 ta afụfụ

 suffer; punish; be in suffering, trouble:

 

 Ị ga-ata afụfụ

 You will suffer

 

 ụwa afụfụ

 world of suffering

 afụfụ

 

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

 aga

 

  adze

 aga

 

  large needle for sewing sacks, etc.

 aga

 

  variety of yam

 aga

 

  barren woman

 aga

 

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

 agaba

 

  lion; name of masquerade

 agadi

 

  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

 agaf

 

  bandit; expert thief

 agameb

 

  false thistle; name of a masquerade

 agana

 

 barbed spear for hunting or fighting

 agba

 

chin

 agba

 

  title given to chiefs

 agba

 

  tree from which firewood and incense are obtained

 agba

 

 covenant; appointment

 

 agba Ochi

 Old Testament

 

 agba ọfọọ

 New Testament

 

 ka agba

 make appointment

 agba

 

  jaw

 

 nwe agba

  have a say in; have influence

 agba

 

  rheumatism {kpoml}

 agbadagba ntị

 

 mumps

 agbala

 

 the author of fertility, one of the manifestations of Chukwu kke, 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 partys life safety, etc.

 

 je agbala

 consult the agbala in Awka, the most famous one

 agbala

 

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

 agbala

 

  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

 

  cow-itch

 agbamafo

 

change in year

 agbata

 

  boundary line; border

 

 agbata ob

 neighbourhood; neighbour

 

 onye agbata ob

 neighbour; next-door neighbour:

 

 ọnwọọk bụ onye agbata ob m ọnwọọka

 is my neighbour:

 

 agbata obi ony bụ nwa nne ya

 {Proverb:} A persons neighbour is his brother or sister

 agbata

 

  a god; male name

 agb

 

 long, narrow calabash for carrying water or wine; calabash

 agbidi

 

  solid, thick palm oil

 agbịsị, agbọsị

 

  black ant infesting houses, living in holes in mud floors

 agbọ

 

 growing calabash

 agbọ

 

  covering cloth

 agbọ

 

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

 

 agbọ Osita bụ agbọ na-adị nkenke

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

 

 agbọmma

 female name

 agbọ

 

  bonds; a binding

 

 fie agbọ

 bind; cord

 

 ke agbọ

 bind

 

 O klụ 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

 agbọgbọ

 

  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

 agbọghọ

 

 see agbọọ

 agbọlọ

 

  slimy substance, e.g. from fish

 agbọnọ

 

 see ọgbọnọ

 agbọọ

 

  vomit

 

 gbọ agbọọ

 vomit:

 

 ada na-agbọ agbọọ

 Ada is vomiting

 

 rụ agbọọ

 retch; make to feel nausea; cause nausea

 

 gbọ

  vomit; = ọgbọgbọ

 agbọọ, agbọghọ

 

  girl of marriageable age; young girl

 

 Oluchi bụ nwa agbọọ

 Oluchi is a young girl

 

 agbọọbịa

 girl of marriageable age

 

 me agbọghọ

 act as or be a young woman

 agbọsị

 

 see agbịsị

 agbụlụgada

 

  molar teeth; part of the jaw where they are situated

 agha, aya

 

  war {as in Nigeria Biafra civil war}

 

 bu agha

 fight

 

 bus agha

 fight or war against; carry war against

 

 anyị na-achọ ibus fa agha

 We are going to carry war against them

 

 dọ nagha

 take prisoner in war

 

 ọdịdọ nagha

 captivity; state of being a prisoner of war

 

 ife agha

 weapon

 

 je agha

 go to war; be recruited into war

 

 ndi agha

 soldiers; warriors

 

 nụ agha

 fight war; war

 

 nọs 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:

 

 meka ana aghọka aghụgh

 Emeka is very fond of double dealing

 

 pụ ala aghụghọ

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

 agdi

 

  maize gruel {agd}

 agịdịgị

 

  fatness; stoutness; bigness

 

 gba agịdịgị

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

 agịgọ

 

  see agụgọ

 agịlị isi

 

  hair of head

 ago

 

defence

 agogo

 

  iron gong for proclamations {agogo "bell"}

 agl

 

  medicinal plant with reddish seeds

 agrị

 

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

agu

 

leopard {agu is not a lion}

 aguba

 

a razor blade

 aguba

 

  razor

 agụ

 

  leopard

 

 agụ ata

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

 

 agụ iyi

 crocodile

 

 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

 

 gbu agụ

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

 

 Ọgba agụ

 secret night society {using agụ ọgba}; Leopard Society

 agụ

 

 open grassy country; wilderness

 agụ

 

  person bearing same name as oneself; namesake {gb}

 agụ

 

  see Agwụ

 agụgọ, agịgọ

 

  denial; plea:

 

 nwerọ m agụgọ

 I have no plea

 

 gọ agụgọ

 deny

 

 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}

 agụgụ

 

  festival

 agụnyego

 

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

 agụụ

 

  hunger; desire; eagerness

 

 {agụụ} gụ

 be hungry

 

 agụụ

 mmili thirst

 

 gụ agụụ

 hunger; desire; long for { gụ - desire}

 aguu; aguru

 

hunger

 agwa

 

beans

 agwa

 

  beans; Lima bean

 

 agwa ọcha

 cowpea {Vigna unguiculata Walp.}

 

 ịfụlịfụ agwa

 pod of beans

 agwa

 

  colour

 

 tụ agwa

 be spotted, variegated in colour

 

 Akwụkwọ ?kaa tụlụ agwa ọcha na d

 This leaf is coloured white and yellow

 

 Nkịta m tụlụ agwa ka agụ

 My dog is spotted like a leopard

 agwa

 

  manners; behaviour:

 

 agwa ya adisịrọ mma

 His manners leave something to be desired

 

 agwa ochi

 old custom

 

 kpa agwa

 behave {usually badly}

 

 kpa agwa ọjọọ

 behave badly

agwa

 

beans

 agwa, agwaa

 

  home sickness; nostalgia

 

 {agwa} ma

 miss:

 

 Agwa enyị m nwoke nọ nbd Oyịbo na-ama m

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

agwo

 

snake

 agwọ

 

  snake {generic}

 agwọ

 

  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

 

 {Agw} kpa

 be possessed by Agwụ be mildly eccentric or mentally deranged

 

 agwụ na-akpa Okaaf; ny ma ma mego ife anaro me 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

 

 dn agwụ

 vulture associated with agwụ, an image of which is made

 aha

 

name {ahaa - to let go of}

 ahaa!

 

aha! {surprise}

 ahi

 

squeezing

ahia

 

market

 aho

 

choosing; year - Orsu dialect; a kind of dish

aho

 

year

ahu

 

that; those; body

 ahu

 

Body; one sees; shaking

 ahu na anwum

 

I'm sick

 ahuru m gi na-anya

 I love you in Igbo!

I love you

 

 ahuru m gi na-anya mgbe nile

I love you forever

 

 ahuru m gi na-anya nke ukwu

I love you very much

 aja

 

sand; offering made to a god

 aja

 

  earth; trodden clay; building mud; sand

 

 Ajaana

 see anị

 

 aja id

 heap of sand collected by flood after rainfall

 

 aja ngwe

  wall

 

 aja odido

  wall

 

 aja ubm`

 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 ez ala aja

 instep of foot {the kings 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}

 aja

 

  cymbal

 aja

 

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

 

 akalogl, 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

 aja

 

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

 

 nkọlọ aja

 smaller sized aja

 ajad

 

  widower; widow

 

 ajad nwaanyị

 widow

 

 ajadu nwok, ajadu nwoke;

 widower

ajali

 

red earth

aji

 

Hair; a kind of Big tree

 ajị

 

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

 

 kpacha ajị

 crop, shave, cut hair

 

 kpacha ajị anụ

 crop, cut hair of animal

 ajị

 

  used in:

 

 ajị iyi

 crocodile

 ajị

 

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

 ajị

 

  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

 ajii

 

  shortened form of ajị iyi crocodile

 ajịlịja

 

  sweat; perspiration

 

 gba ajịlịja

 perspire

 ajịlịja

 

  smooth pebble; strong and wiry:

 

 Ọ bụ ajịlịja mmadụ/Ọ dị ajịlịja nanya

 He is strong and wiry

ajo

 

evil

 ajọ

 

  bad

 

 ajọ arụ

 bad luck

 

 ajọ ife

 crime, including abomination and defilement

 

 ajọ isi

 back luck

 

 ajọ mmụọ

 bad spirit

 

 ajọ oyi

 rheumatism

 

 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 Ọbịagli abụrọ ajọ mmadụ

 We know that ọbịageli is not a wicked person

 

 ajọ uch

 bad plan

 

 lụ ajọ ọlụ

 do work badly

 ajụ

 

  headpad

 

 ajụ ụtaba

 roll of tobacco

 ajụ

 

  dizziness

 

 {ajụ} bu

 be dizzy:

 

 Ajụ na-bu m

 I am dizzy

 

 bu ajụ

 cause dizziness:

 

 Ọgwụ m ṅụlụ nụtụtụ a na-bu m ajụ

 The medicine I drank this morning is making me dizzy

 

 chụ ajụ

 be giddy; feel giddy

ajụ

 

tall coarse grass used for thatching

ajụjụ

 

question

 jụ ajụjụ

ask a question {jụ - ask}

aka

 

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

 aka af

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 naka ebe

Let this {thing} stand as a pledge

 aka ekpe

left hand

 aka eze

toothache

 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 mlụ

 illicit gin {made by hand}

 

 aka mkpa

 ones very own

 

 aka nchịcha

 hand with white patches {due to depigmentation}

 

 aka ngwe

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

 

 aka ṅka

 artistically inclined, talented

 

 aka nkọ

 handy; quick-handed

 

 aka nlọ

 gentleness

 

 aka nni

 right hand

 

 aka ntadide

 stinginess

 

 aka ntụtụ

 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

 biceps

 

 ama aka

 span {of thumb and forefinger}

 

 anị ogwe aka

 forearm

 

 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}

 

 bkwasị aka

 lay hands upon

 

 bkwasị aka nisi

 confirm {in church confirmation}

 

 btụ 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 naka

 be responsible

 

 du aka

 help

 

 dụ aka

 poke

 

 fel aka

 withered hand

 

 fe aka

 beckon

 

 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 ez

 I shall go to the Kings house empty-handed

 

 gba aka nwa

 be childless

 

 gba aka ọkpọrọ

 be empty-handed

 

 gba aka ọlụ

 be unemployed

 

 ikili aka

 elbow

 

 iru aka

 forearm

 

 isi aka

 thumb

 

 j aka

 be sure; hope

 

 I j aka na Chioma ga-abịa taa? Ee, ej m aka na ọga-abịa taa

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

 

 Ej 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

 

 k naka

 nurse; hold in the arms

 

 kụ aka

 clap hands

 

 kụpụ aka

 fail; give up

 

 kpukp aka

 motion with hands for silence

 

 kwa aka

 push; urge; drive

 

 kwe naka

 shake hands

 

 kwedo aka

 lay hold of

 

 kwọ aka

 wash the hands

 

 kwukw aka

 clench, close the hand

 

 nkwukw aka

 fist

 

 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 ntụtụ

 be fond of pilfering, picking and stealing

 

 metụ aka

 touch lightly

 

 m`gba aka, mgba aka

 ring

 

 mkpa aka

 biceps

 

 mkpa naka

 walking-stick; staff

 

 mkpịsị aka

 finger

 

 ṅju aka

 handful

 

 ṅk aka

 elbow

 

 nu aka

 push

 

 nye aka

 help; assist; give a helping hand

 

 nnweju aka

 sufficiency; enough

 

 ọbụ aka

 palm of hand

 

 ọchịchị aka ike

 tyranny

 

 ọdụ aka

 little finger

 

 ọgwe aka

 arm

 

 ọgwụ aka

 whitlow {on the finger or hand}

 

 ọtụtụ aka

 arms 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

 

 tụkp aka

 clasp

 

 tụtụ aka {ṅtụtụ}

 pilfer; pick and steal

 

 ụmụ aka

 {young} children; babes in arms

 

 wni aka

 take hand from; raise hand; abandon; leave alone

 

 wni aka enu

 raise hand up

 

 wpụ aka

 take hands off {e.g. a matter}

 

 zo aka

 point at; point with the hand

 aka

 

  length; distance

 

 bit aka

  live far away; live for long

 

 bute aka

 carry to a great distance

 

 gate/jete aka

 go far away

 

 t aka

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

 aka

 

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

 aka

 

  dwarf; midget {akakpọ}

 

 aka ṅr

 male palace dwarf associated with Eze ṅr

 aka

 

  year

 

 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 ṅtgbu

 insect seen on unscrubbed mud floors

 akabọ

 

  pangolin, whose skin is used for medicine

 akaj

 

  mockery; humiliation

 

 me akaj

 humiliate; disgrace:

 

 Ọ bụlụ na nwoke afụ abịazie ebe a ọzọ anyị ga-me ya akaj

 If that man dares come here again we shall humiliate him

 akakpọ

 

  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

 akala

 

 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}

 akaloọgọl

 

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

 

 Ndị akaloọgọl j ya aka

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

 akamu

 

  guinea corn gruel; hot pap {Hausa}

 

 gbe akamu

 mix, prepare liquid pap

 akanwụ

 

  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

 akara

 

 see akala

akarama

 

bottle

 akasị

 

  common type of cocoyam {ede}

 akataaka

 

  masquerade with a large head

 akatakpo

 

  great person {used as a praise-name

 

 Ọ bụ akatakpo mmadu

 He is a great person

 akle

 

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

aki

 

of palm nut/nut

 akịka

 

  termite

 akịka

 

  pattern of spots

 

 tụ akịka

 be spotted

 akịkọ

 

 see akụkọ

 akịlịka

 

  dry grass; grass for thatching; dry palm fronds

 

 tụ {unọ} akịlịka

 build grass-roofed house

 akịlịkọ

 

  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}

ako

 

wisdom; prudence

 akọ

 

  sense

 

 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}

 akọ

 

  food prepared from ground maize for feasts

 akọlọ

 

  dry {land}

 akọlọ

 

 see akụlọ

 akọm, akụm

 

  fever; malaria; jaundice {ịba}

 akọmọọnụ

 

  abuse; vituperation

akpa

 

bag

 akpa ego mu e fuole

I lost my wallet

 akpa nnwa

womb

 akpa nwamiri

kidney

 akpam e fuole

I lost my bag

 akpata

thigh

 akpata mgbach

loackers

 akpa

 

  strip iron used to strengthen a mud building and join timbers

 akpa

 

  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}

 akpa

 

  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

 akpa

 

  bag; sack; container

 

 akpa abụ

 boil in armpit

 

 akpa afa

 diviners bag

 

 akpa akụ

 quiver

 

 akpa ego

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

 

 akpakwl

 stomach

 

 akpa nnwa

 womb; uterus

 

 akpa nnwammili

 bladder

 

 akpa ọjị

 pod of kolanut

 

 akpa uch

 mind; memory

 

 akpa ụkwala

 asthma

 akpa

 

  nest {of bees or wasps}

 

 akpa anwụ

 bees nest

 

 akpa ebu

 wasps nest

akpa

 

bag

 akpaka

 

  used in:

 

 akpaka ụzụ

 log of wood on which the blacksmiths 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 blacksmiths hand.

 akpalata

 

  long bamboo frame for carrying load; stretcher for sick person

 akpalataa

 

  tree whose seed is used in making soup

 akpammanụ

 

  yellow; brown

 akpana

 

  dung of fowls and birds

 akpanị

 

  used in - tụ akpanị be bellicose, pugnacious

akpanti nri

 

cupboard {as in box for food stuff}

 akparaja

 

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

 akpata

 

 shelf for storing

 akpat

 

  box

 

 akpat ozu

 coffin; casket { coffin casket}

 akpel

 

  trumpet; horn

akpi

 

bed bug

 akpị

 

 scorpion {odogwu ọzala}

 akpị

 

  tick; bedbug

 akpịlị

 

  throat

 

 {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

 

throat

 akpịlịkpa

 

  scale of fish

akpo

 

calling

 akpo

 

  round; number of times

 

 sọ fu akpo

 once only; once for all

 akpo

 

  soft palate; {more generally} roof of the mouth

 

 akpụ

  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

akpu

 

fufu; cassava starch meal

 akpụ

 

 cottonwood; silk cotton tree, found at Agwụ shrine

 

 wu akpọ

 kapok

 

 lume akpọ

 kapok

 akpụ

 

  knot; lump; cyst; hump {ọkpụ}

 

 akpụ aka

 biceps

 

 akpọ ji, akpụ ji

 second yam for replanting.

 

 akpụ onu

 goitre

 

 akpụ ụkwọ

 thigh muscle

 

 wụ akpụ

 extract, excise tumour

 akpụkpa

 

  crawcraw

 

 {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

 akpụkpọ

 

  skin; leather; hide

 

 akpụkpọ ụkwọ

 boot; shoe; sandal

 

 gba akpụkpọ

 flay

 

 yi akpụkpọ ụkwọ

 wear shoes

 akpụkpụ

 

  crumbs {of pounded food}

 

 akpụkpụ ikw ka nne nni, nye 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}}

 akpụlụ

 

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

 akpụlụ

 

  used in

 

 akpụlụ ekwe

 unsplit cane

aku

 

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

aku oyibo

 

coconut

akuku

 

edge

 akulu

 

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

 akupe

 

  fan

 

 k akupe

 fan:

 

 Fa na-eku mmụọ fa akupe

 They are fanning their masquerade

 akụ

 

  palm kernel

 

 akụ mmili igwe

 hail

 

 akụ oybo

 coconut

 

 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

 

 de akụ

 palm kernel oil

 akụ

 

  pubic hair

 

 gba akụ

 grow pubic hair

 akụ

 

  arrow

 

 akpa akụ

 quiver

 akụ

 

  wealth; riches

 

 li akụ

 inherit wealth

 

 oli akụ

 {loved} wife; heir; inheritor

 

 kpata akụ

 acquire wealth

 

 unọ akụ

 bank; departmental store; trading post

 akụ

 

  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}

 akụm

 

 see akọm

 akụkụ

 

 slang

 

 akụkụ ọfụụ

 new piece of slang

 

 kụ akụkụ

 say slang word

 akụlọ, akọlọ

 

  plant

 akụkụ

 

  side; part; locality

 

 nakụkụ

 beside

 akwa

 

  cry; weeping

 

 akwa alịlị

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

 

 onye m b nob arapụgo m# wlụ naba, akwa alịlị gbue m

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

 

 akwa nni

 greediness; lack of hospitality {crying for food}

 

 akwamozu

 mourning; keeping burial customs

 

 abụ akwa

  song {especially Song of Solomon}; mourning song

 

 be akwa

 cry

 

 chị akwa

 cry very much, sob {harder than kwa akwa}

 

 ọchịchị akwa

 hard sobbing

 

 g akwa

 bewail; lament

 

 kwa akwa

 cry; weep; lament

 

 mkpọ akwa

 burst out crying

 

 sụ mbimbi akwa

 sob

 

 tipu akwa

 burst out crying

akwa

 

cloth

 akwa abada

Women's African clothing {abada clothing}

 akwa aji

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

 akwa mgbochi

curtain

 akwa mmili

rain-coat

 akwa oyi

blanket

 akwa omuma

wrapper; blanket

 akwa ufufe

sail

 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

cloth-louse

 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

 akwamozu

mourning; keeping burial customs

 abu akwa

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

 be akwa

cry

 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

sob

 tipu akwa

burst out crying

akwa

 

cloth

 

 akwa abada

 abada cloth

 

 akwa ajị

 native woven cloth, very thick, rough and coarse

 akwa akwa edina

bedsheets

 

 akwa mgbchi

 curtain

 

 akwa mmili

 rain-coat

 

 akwa oyi

 blanket

 

 akwa ọmụma

 blanket; wrapper

 

 akwa ff

 sail

 

 akwa uru

 mourning garment {usually of black cloth}; sackcloth

 

 akwa ụjụ

 black cloth worn by mourners

 

 ch akwa

 scrub cloth

 

 de akwa

 iron clothes

 

 gbasa akwa

 spread cloth

 

 gb akwa

 cover with cloth

 

 igwu akwa

 cloth-louse

 

 jelụ akwa

 put on clothes; gird

 

 kowasị akwa

 wrap a cloth about the body

 

 kpa akwa

 weave cloth

 

 kp 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

 tailor

 

 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

 akwa

 

 1200 cowries {= 20 kw}

akwa

 

egg {eggs}

 

 akwa ọgazị

 egg of guineafowl

 

 bụ akwa

 hatch eggs

 

 ọbụbụ akwa

 contents of egg

 

 iklike akwa

 eggshell

 

 kp nakwa

 sit on eggs; brood

 

 mgbụgbọ akwa

 eggshell

 

 okuko akwa

 eggshell

 

 ụbụlụ akwa

 eggshell

 

 yi akwa

 lay eggs

 akwa

 

  bed; bridge

 

 akwa edina

 bed; bed to sleep

 akwala

 

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

 

 ụbọ akwala

 stringed instrument resembling guitar

 akwalị

 

  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}

 akwamozu

 

  funeral ceremony

akwo

 

crushing, with stone or with blender

akwu

 

door

akwu

 

silk cotton tree (Orlu dialect)

akwukwo

 

book; paper; leaf

akwukwo beke

 

English books

akwukwo ogwu

 

herbs

akwukwondu

 

green

 akwukwo ide ihe

writing paper

 akwụ

 

  palmnut; palm fruit

 

 akwụ anị

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

 

 akwụ{kwọ} olu

 pineapple

 

 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

 

 gl akwụ

 inferior palm-oil

 

 ọgb akwụ

 head of palm nuts

 akwụ

 

  birds nest {= anị}

 akwụkwa

 

  mud cooking-stand or metal tripod

 

 fi akwụkwa

 make a cooking-pot stand

 akwụkwọ

 

  leaf

 

 akwụkwọ nni

 vegetable

 

 akwụkwọ obodlbo

 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

 

 akwụkwọ

 iwu law book

 

 akwụkwọ mfụkọba

 folded paper

 

 Akwụkwọ Nsọ

 Holy Bible

 

 akwụkwọ ọfụụ

 new book

 

 akwụkwọ ọlụ

 letter of appointment:

 

 fa nyego Ị akwụkwọ ọlụ?

 Have they given you the letter of appointment?

 

 akwụkwọ ukwe

 hymnbook

 

 b 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

 

 de 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 je gbaa m# ọ bụlụ na ị nwlụ ike

 You cant; 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 nọnwa na-abịa

 Nkiru is preparing to wed next month

 

 na akwụkwọ isi

 pay tax:

 

 Ị nago akwụkwọ isi gị?

 Have you paid your tax?

 

 ska akwụkwọ

 dismiss a case {tear papers}

 

 Ana m el na a ga-eska 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 ul

 Book knowledge is useful

 

 ma akwụkwọ

 {know book}; be brainy

 

 ọ na-silị ndị amarọ akwụkwọ ike inweta ọlụ nọg 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}

 akwụkwụ

 

 epilepsy

 

 da akwụkwụ

 have epilepsy; be epileptic; have epileptic fits

 

 Ọfọ na-ada akwụkwụ

 Ọfọ has epilepsy

 akwụma

 

  yaws {ofi}

 

 akwụma ụkwụ

 corn {on foot}

 akwụnakwụna

 

 prostitute; harlot {ọgacha}

ala

 

ground; floor; {as in land on earth}

 ala

 

  breast; milk

 

 ala efi

 milk {from cow}

 

 chụ ala

 wean

 

 Anyị ga-achụ nwa anyị ala nọnwa isi

 We shall wean our child at six months

 

 gba mmili ala

 contain breast milk; have flow of milk from the breast

 

 mmili ala

 milk

 

 mmili ala efi

 cows milk

 

 nye ala

 breast-feed

 

 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

 

  madness

 

 {ala} kpa

 be mad {be moved with madness}

 

 onye ala

 mad person

 

 pụala

 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

ala

 

land; Earth; ground

 ala ụla

 

  sleeplessness

 alahambra

 

  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

ali

 

ground

alibasa

 

onion

 alịlị

 

  a millipede {esu}

 alịlị

 

  resentment at misfortune

 

 Ọ na-akwa alịlị

 He resents his misfortune

 

 be alịlị

  mourn; lament

 alo

 

  long iron gong dial?

alo

 

placenta; Priest King's sacred Staff

 alọ

 

  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}

 alọ

 

  heaviness; grievousness

 

 arụ alọ

 dullness; sloth; sluggishness

 

 dị alọ

 be heavy:

 

 Akpati nkaa dị alọ

 This box is heavy

 

 ibu alọ

 heavy load

 alọ

 

  cocks comb

 alọ

 

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

 alọmmụọ

 

  feast for sacrificing to the ancestors

alu

 

abomination; fighting

alulu; blu

 

blue

 aluluụ

 

  mist; cloud; vapour

alusi

 

the invisible super natural being and/or forces

 alụ

 

  bite

 

 ta alụ

 bite

 

 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

 alụlụ

 

  used in:

 

 alụlụ anị

 

 alụlụ

 

  medicinal plant, also used for stew

 alụlụ

 

  yamsticks

 alụlụ

 

 used in:

 

 kwụ alụlụ

 be misty

 alụsị

 

  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

 priest

 

 gọ alụsị

 worship a spirit

 

 ọkwu alụsị

 shrine

 

 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

 ama

 

  {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 nama

  menstruate:

 

 Nwaanyị nọ nama

 The woman is menstruating

 

 pụama

 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 nama

 reach age of menstruation:

 

 Nwaanyị pụlụ nama

 The girl has reached puberty

 

 ụzọ ezi ama

 main entrance to a compound

 ama

 

  distinguishing mark

 

 ife ịrịba ama

 token

 

 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

 

 rị{ba}ama

 mark; put distinguishing mark on

ama

 

compound; Original Divine Mother; open square

 ama

 

  measure

 

 ama aka

 span

 

 nrịb a ama

 {distinguishing} mark

 

 ama okwụ

 verse

 

 ama ụkwụ

 pace; footstep { ma measure}

 ama

 

  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 Gods witnesses; the martyrs

 

 ụnụbụndi ama m

 You are my witnesses:

 

 Ndi ama ị na-eto ị nenu igwe

 Thy Martyrs {witnesses} are praising Thee in Heaven

 

 Ndi ama Jehova

 Jehovah`s Witnesses

 

 onye ama

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

 amaafịa

 

  tooth-ache

 

 amaafịa ṅtụtọ akpịlị

 sore throat

amaghim ebem nor

 

I'm lost

 amaka

 

  goodness {check}

 amala

 

  fish

 amala

 

  favour

 amala

 

  paddle {for canoe}

 

 ụgbọ amala

 canoe

amamihe

 

knowledge

amani

 

hour

 amanị

 

  point of time; hour

amara; amala

 

Grace

 ame

 

  black plaited necklace

ami

 

slippery

 amị

 

  {also amị mịlọ}? reed

 amoosu

 

  witch

 

 eze amoosu

 chief of witches

 

 ta amoosu

 be a witch; practise witchcraft

 amụ

 

  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

 

  scrotum

 

 amụ ibị

 hydrocele

 

 gba amụ

 castrate

 

 mkpụlụ amụ

 testis

 

 pị amụ

 castrate

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

 amụma

 

  prophecy

 

 bu amụma

 prophesy;

 

 ma amụma

 prophesy; foretell

 

 onye amụma

 prophet

 

 onye amụma asị

 false prophet

 amụma

 

  lightning

 

 se amụma

 show lightning; flash; lighten

 ana

 

 see anị

 ana; ani

 

 Earth; ground

 

 elili ana

 cane string {ekwe}

 

 gbu ana

 collect cane from bush

 anaka

 

  branch

 

 anaka osisi

 branch of tree

 

 du anaka

 put out shoots, suckers

 anandiịche

 

  god of family, represented by a tree

 anasị

 

  chief or favourite wife {usually first} of a king

 aninii

 

  see anịnị

 anị

 

  {also anịnnụnụ} birds nest - akwụ

 anị, ana

 

  land; ground; soil

 

 anị apịtị

 swamp

 

 anị edọ

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

 

 anị

 eze kingdom

 

 anị isi

 skull of head

 

 anị mmadụ

  another persons 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

 earthquake

 

 anị mmụọ

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

 

 Ọ lịdalụ nanị mmụọ

 He descended into hell

 

 anị obị

 place of abode; settlement

 

 anị ogwe aka

 forearm

 

 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

 earthquake

 

 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

 quietness

 

 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 nana ala aja

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

 

 onu anị

 low tone

 

 ọ na-ekwu nonu 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

 bottom

 

 ọrụ anị

 dregs {of wine}

 

 ọsụsụ anị

 cutting, clearing of bush preparatory to farming

 

 pu nanị

 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 nanị

 fall headlong; throw oneself headlong

 

 sụnanị

 thump on the ground; set down heavily

 

 tọ anya nanị

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

 

 tọ ntị nanị

 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

 

 Ajaana

 aspect of the earth related to death rites

 

 Anịegbọka

 persons name

 

 Anịemeka

 persons 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

 abomination

 

 rụanị

 sacrifice to anị

 anịkịlịja

 

  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}

ano

 

4; four

 anọ

 

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

anti

 

aunt

anu

 

meat; that cannot be heard

 

 anụ

 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

anu

 

meat; animal

anu efi

 

beef {cow meat}

anu ezi

 

ham

anu ohia

 

bush meat; bush animal

anuli

 

happy

 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"?}

 aṅa

 

  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}.

 aṅaafị

 

  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}

 aṅụlụma

 

  drinking spree

 

 onye aụlụma

 drunkard

 anụm

 

  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

 vegetable

 anụn ụ

 

  type of game played by children

 anwalị

 

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

 anwaṅsị

 

  conjuring, magic, jugglery, by dibịa

 

 me anwaṅsị

  conjure; do wizardry

anwu

 

sun

 anyanwu

sun

 anwụ

 

  sunshine; heat of sun

 

 anwụ cha

  beat {of sun}

 

 anyaanwụ

  see separate entry

 

 cha nanwụ

 be apparent, obvious, conspicuous

 

 kpọ anwụ

 wither

 

 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

 anwụ

 

  bee

 

 akpa anwụ

  beehive

 

 mmanụ anwụ

 honey

 

 ra anwụ weru anwụ

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

 anwụ

 

  mosquito

 

 anwụ nta

 mosquito

 

 ụnọ anwụ

 mosquito-net

 anwụlị

 

 see anụlị

 anwụlịnwụ

 

  rough surface

 anwụlụ

 

  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

 snuffbox

 

 kwụ anwụlụ

 smoke {of a fire}

 

 ọkwute anwụlụ

 stone for grinding snuff

 

 se anwụlụ

  smoke tobacco

 

 Ada m ese anwụlụ

 I never smoke

anya

 

eye(s)

 

 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

 blindness

 

 anya mkpụlụ

 ego eye with pupil whitened by disease

 

 anya mmili

 tears

 

 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

 greed; coveteousness {big eyes}

 

 arị anya

 filaria; filaria worm {of the eye}

 

 ba nanya

 intoxicate

 

 bo anya

 stare at

 

 bokwasị anya

 stare at

 

 bughalị anya

 make dizzy, giddy, mad

 

 Ọgwụ m nụlụ nụtụtụ na-ebughalị m anya

 The drug I took in the morning makes me dizzy

 

 bịachị anya

 come regularly

 

 chalapụ anya

 stare at; look sternly at

 

 chi anya

 be well woven; be tight

 

 chịchapụ anya

 stare; glare

 

 enyọ anya

 pair of glasses

 

 febe nanya

 get in eye; be cheated

 

 Ekwena ka ife febe gị nanya

 Dont let anything get in your eye, or, Dont let yourself be cheated

 

 fụju anya

 toil, suffer greatly

 

 fụ nanya

 love; like

 

 fụsị a nya

 suffer greatly; see many tribulations; have hard experience

 

 gbado anya

 fix the eye on, persevere, be diligent {greeting to a departing friend}

 

 gbagwọju anya

 confuse; abash

 

 Ife a gbagwọjụlụ m anya