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IGBO DICTIONARY

IGBO-ENGLISH-BEKEE

 

IGBO

Word

Continuous Meaning

ENGLISH

BEKEE

 

 

 

B.

 

 

 

 

 

 ba

 

  be many, plenty, much, abundant, numerous; increase in number; multiply; grow rich, wealthy

 

 ba aba

 be many

 

 bachi

 be very plentiful

 

 Ụmụ ya bach ụnọ

 His offspring fill the house {said of a man with many children}

 

 ba ọgalanya

 grow rich; become wealthy

 

 Chukwuma abago ọgalanya

 Chukwuma has grown rich

 

 ba ọnya

 develop into sore or ulcer {of fresh wound}

 

 barị

 be wealthy:

 

 Ọ barịgo

 He has become wealthy

 

 ba ụba

 be many; multiply; increase

 

 Ụmụ ya balụ ụba

 He has many children; be rich, wealthy

 

 Fa balụ ụba

 They are rich

 

 bawanye

 increase

 

 anyị abawanyego

 We have increased {e.g. of family, society}

 

 ụba

  plentifulness; increase; wealth; riches {akụ - ori akụ=wealth eater}

 ba

 

 shout at; rebuke; chide; scold

 

 ba mba

 scold

 

 Ọ baalị ya mba

 He scolded him

 ba

 

  peel {with knife}

 

 Ọ na-aba ji

 He is peeling yams

 

 bachapụ

 peel completely

 ba

 

 break {under pressure}; burst {as of weak clay pot with water in it being broken by pressure of the water; of fufu balls breaking in the pot during boiling}

 

 Ịte afụ akarọ aka, ọ ga-aba ma ị tanye mmili nime ya

 That pot is not strong; it will break if you pour water into it

 

 ọbụba

 breaking

 ba/be

 

  be {doing something}; begin and continue

 

 Lụba ọlụ

  Be working

 

 Ị chọ ka m bebe akwa?

 Do you want me to be crying?

 ba/be

 

  at; on; against

 

 dabe

 lean against

 

 Osisi anyị gbụlu dabeelụ nọjị

 The tree we cut down is being supported by the iroko

 

 dọba

 put on, at

 

 Dọba mmili afụ nanị

 Put that water on the floor

 

 gbabe

 lean against

 

 kwụba

 place against

 ba/be

 

  causative

 

 gbabebe

 make something lean against something {gbabe lean against}

 

 yibe

 put clothes on someone { yi - wear clothes}

 ba/be

 

 away from

 

 chụbe

 go away to fetch

 

 gaba, jebe

 go away

 ba

 

 enter

 

 baa

 go in

 

 ọb ụba

  entrance, entry; initiation

 

 ba elele

 be useful; profit; benefit

 

 Ọlụ a abarọ elele

 This work is not useful {ba nife, ba ulụ}

 

 bakọ

  enter together; be about to enter

 

 balụ

 be profitable to {someone}; be source of gain to

 

 ọ bagolụ ị

 you have profited from it

 

 bamị

 enter deeply into

 

 ba nanya

 intoxicate

 

 Mmanya a ba m nanya

 This wine intoxicates me

 

 ba nife

 be useful; profit; benefit {ba elele, ba ulụ}

 

 ba nime awọlọ

 enter into mask; wear mask {like a masquerade}

 

 banye

 join; enter; go in

 

 ụzọ mbanye

 crossroads; street corner

 

 banyelụ okwu

 join, intervene, in a discussion

 

 ba ọla

 be stale {of pounded food}

 

 bata

 enter; come in

 

 ba ulụ

 be useful; profit; benefit {ba nife, ba elele}

 

 ezi ịba

 court of a native house

 ba

 

 soak

 

 baba

 soak {corn, clothes, etc.}

 

 banye

 soak in

 

 banye akpụ

 soak cassava

 

 banye akwa

 soak cloths

 

 ba afa

 name; give a name {e.g. to new-born baby}

 

 ọbụba afa

 giving a name

babalawo

 

an Igbo person insult word to imply someone who goes to naive doctor to get "a recipe for love potion"

bata

 

enter

 ba-cha

 

 peel; pare {yam, cassava, etc., with knife} {be-cha}

 

 banyelụ

 about; concerning:

 

 Achọ m ịjụt a ife banyelụ ya

 I want to inquire something about him

 basịkụlụ

 

  bicycle {igwe, ọkpọle, anyịnya igwe}

batiri

 

batteries

 be

 

  home; dwelling

 

 Ọ nọ na be ya

 He is at home; he is in

 

 be m

 my house, home

 

 ndi be

 household; people of the house; fellow townsfolk

 be

 

  cry out

 

 Ọ na-ebe ka ewu

 He is crying like a goat

 

 ọbube

 crying

 

 be akwa

 cry

 

 be alịlị

 mourn; lament

 

 bekụ

 appeal to; implore; cry to

 

 bekwasị akwa

 cry to; plead to

 

 be ọnwụ onwụ

 cry in death-agony

 

 Ka o be nọọfụ!

 That is enough!

 

 Ọ berọetu a

 It is more than this {It does not stop at this size, or at this number}

 

 ọ bụetu a ka o belụ?

 Is it only this? Is this all?

 be

 

  cut; stop:

 

 ọbụbe

 ending; stopping

 

 ụwa ebe ebe

 everlasting; for ever and ever

 

 Beelụchi, Beelụchukwu

 personal name {"Except God"}

 

 beelụ ma

 only if; unless {not}

 

 Aga m abịa beelụ ma ị bịa

 I will come only if you will come

 

 Beelụ ma ị me ife a m ama abịa

 Unless you do this, I will not come

 

 beelụ sọ

 except:

 

 Mmadụ niine bịasị, beelụ sọ m

 All the people came except me

 

 beji

 cut down

 

 beka

 cut out; cut into

 

 bekalụ

 cut part of {for}

 

 bekanye

 cut part and give

 

 bekapụ

 cut off

 

 O bekapụlị aka

 He cut off {someones} hand

 

 bekapụta

 cut to pieces from

 

 bekọ

 cut together

 

 belị

 cut into pieces

 

 belụ

 subtract; deduct

 

 benata

 lessen; reduce:

 

 Benatalụ m egọ

 Reduce the price for me

 

 Arụ na-aya ya ebenatago

 His illness has abated; he is convalescing

 

 Ejị m aka na ọ na-ebenata ya

 I hope she is improving {in illness}

 

 be nkenke

 cut short; shorten; abbreviate {story, speech, etc.}

 

 be nni

 cut up food for eating

 

 benye

 cut and give

 

 benyelụ okwu

 join, intervene, in a discussion

 

 be okwu

 settle a dispute

 

 bepụ

 cut off

 

 be ugwụ

 circumcise

 

 Mmanya ebego ugwụ

 The pot of wine is no longer full

 

 ebe ebe

 endless

 

 ndụ ebe ebe

 everlasting life

 

 mbe aka nni

 handful of food {e.g. fufu akpu}

 be

 

 perch, settle {of bird}

 

 bedo

 perch on

 

 begolu

 perch on top of

 

 Nnụnụ a begọlụ nenu osisi

 This bird perched on top of the tree

 

 bekwasị

 alight; perch

 

 be mbe

 catch by the leg {in wrestling}

 

 anụnụ ebe

 tree, supposed very poisonous, associated with anụnụ ?{anụnụ ?never settles on it}

 be

 

  stop {on reaching sufficiency}

bee

 

cry {as to asking someone to cry}

 be-cha

 

 pare; peel {orange, yam, cassava}:

 

 Ọ na-ebecha oloma

 He is peeling an orange {bacha}

 beedị

 

 bed {akwa}

bekee

 

english

 beelụtụ

 

  belt

 bi

 

  live; dwell:

 

 Na-ebi ọfụma

 Goodbye {keep living well}

 

 ọbibi

 act of dwelling

 

 ebe ọbibi

 habitation; dwelling place

 

 bichi

 occupy anothers house

 

 bidebe

 live near

 

 bife {oke}

 live too long {in a place}

 

 bi iche

 live separately

 

 bika ụnọ

 dwell in a house till it is old

 

 bikọ

 live together

 

 mbikọ

 living together

 

 bimalụ

 live for a long time in one place and become accustomed to it

 

 bimị

 live far in

 

 bi nụdo

 live in peace, harmony

 

 binyelụ

 live with

 

 bisa

 live extending far over an area:

 

 Fa bisa ebisa

 They live spread out over a wide area, wide apart

 

 bisọ

 live alone

 

 bite aka

 live far away; live for long

 bi

 

  cut; slice

 

 ọbibi

 cutting

 

 bi abụbọ

 cut vegetables

bia

 

come

 bia rie nri

come and eat

biki

 

a pen

 bị

 

 press; print

 

 ọbịbị

 printing; pressing

 

 bị akwụkwọ

 print, type paper, book

 

 bịda

 press down; reduce; compress

 

 bịdo

 press; press on

 

 Bịdo aka nobi ị

 Press your hand on your chest

 

 bịkwasị aka

 lay hands upon

 

 bịkwasị aka nisi

 confirm {of church confirmation}

 

 bị ọma

 greet {by embracing {ti ọma}

 

 bịpụta akwụkwọ

 publish a book

 

 bịtụ aka

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

 bị

 

  cut

 

 ọbịbị

 terminating; ending

 

 bị nkenke

 shorten {a speech}; terminate; bring to an end

 

 bị okwu

 settle a matter; resolve a quarrel

 bị

 

  borrow

 

 bịli

 borrow something {especially money}

 

 bịnye

 lend {especially money}

 

 onye na-ebịnye egọ

 money-lender

 

 mbịbị

 borrowing

 

 gba mbịbị

 borrow; go about borrowing

 

 Ọ na-agba mbịbị egọ

 He is borrowing money

 bị-chi

 

  stop; block; prevent

 bi-do

 

  begin

 

 mbido

 beginning; starting

 

 mbido arọ

 beginning of the year

 

 Ọ ga-abịa na mbido arọ

  ?She will come at the beginning of the year

 

 abụ ?mbido

 opening song

 

 isi mbido

 beginning

 bị-gbọ

 

 shout loudly; roar; bawl at

 

 Bịgbọ nwata afụ na-akpa aghala

 Shout at that child causing confusion

biko

 

please

 biko, bia nwefu efere ndia

please, come and clear the plates

 biko, hicha ulam

please, clean my room

 biko, m nweriki jitu fone gi?

please, can I use your phone?

 biko, nwerem ga

please take me to

 biko, nwerem je ebe ahu

please, take me there

 biko, onye no ebe a?

excuse me, waiter?

 biko chetu

excuse me;

 biko, e weli iwe

please don't be angry

 bikọ

 

 please! I beg you!

biye

 

beer

 bịlịbịlị

 

  cloudiness; dimness

 

 bịlịbịli chi

 dawn{ing}

 bị-ni

 

  get up

 

 bịni ọtọ

 stand up; rise up

 

 mbịnite {nọnwụ}

 resurrection; rising {from the dead}

 bịa

 

  come

 

 ọbịbịa

 coming; advent

 

 Ọbịbịaa Kraịst

 Advent; coming or arrival; the coming of Christ

 

 bịachi anya

 come regularly

 

 bịachịgha

 come; return

 

 bịadị{lị}

 by the way, ...

 

 bịaketa

 come nearer

 

 bịakwute

 come near to {a person}

 

 bịalu

 arrive at; reach

 

 bịa ṅso

 approach

 

 bịa{sọ} nazụ

 come after

 

 arọ ?na-abịa

  next year {arọ ọzọ}; coming year{s}

 

 sibịa

 come from; come {by way of}

 bịa

 

 squeeze; compress

 

 ọbịbịa

 squeezing; compressing

 

 bịaju

 fill {by squeezing in}

 

 bịakọ

 cram; squeeze in; pack together

 

 bịanye

 plunge, dip, poke, squeeze in

 bịa lịị

 

 softness; smoothness

 bo

 

 put on; load on; help to raise to head

 

 bo anya

 stare at

 

 bo apa

 leave scar or mark on

 

 bogbu

 overload

 

 bo ibu

 lift a load onto someones head

 

 bo iru

 stare at

 

 bokwasị anya

 stare at

 

 bo ebubo, ebubo

 accuse {wrongly}

 

 O bolu mụ ebubo

 He accused me falsely

 bo

 

 {break} off {of something large and brittle and capable of being reduced to ashes or powder, e.g. wall, floor}

 

 gbabo

 break off

 

 Okpolo igwe dị n'ime ụno ga-agbabo aja

 The rod in the room will break off a piece of the wall

 

 tibo

 break off

bota

 

butter

 bọ

 

  rake surface; clear; dig up

 

 ọbụbọ

 raking; digging;

 

 bọ an

 scratch, paw the ground {of fowls, dogs}

 

 bọ ezi

 clear a path, roads, of weeds

 

 bọ ilo

 clear the village square

 

 bọkọta

 gather together, pile up

 

 bọni abọni

 dig up earth into beds for planting

 

 bọ ozu

 exhume a body

 

 bọsa

 spatter {e.g. with dust}

 

 bọsa

 scatter {grain}

 

 bọsasị

 scatter about

 bọ

 

 divide; cut up {animal carcase}; break

 

 Ị bọgo chị?

 Good morning!

 

 bọkapụ

 cut out

 

 bọkasị

 divide into pieces

 

 bọl

 divide into small pieces

 

 bọcha

 be inquisitive; dig out information

 

 bọ ntọọ ọ

 pull down the lower eyelids and widen the eyes as a form of mockery, to imply "I told you so!" or "Just what I expected!" {i.e. rejoicing over someone elses misfortune}

 bọ

 

 revenge; avenge

 

 Bọlụ ife o mlụ gị

 Take revenge for what he did to you

 

 bọgwalụ

 take revenge:

 

 Abọgwalụgo m ife o melụ m

 I have taken revenge for what he did to me

 

 bọ mbọ

 seek revenge with blood

 

 Ndi a jekọ mbọ

 These people are going to seek blood revenge

 

 bọ ọbọ

 avenge; revenge

 bọọlụ

 

  ball

 

 kpa bọọlụ

 dribble a ball

 bu

 

  carry, bear {something big or heavy}

 

 ọbubu

 carrying; bearing

 

 bu afọ ime

 be pregnant

 

 bu agha

 fight

 

 bu ajụ

 cause dizziness

 

 bu amụma

 prophesy

 

 bu apa

 bear scar or mark

 

 bu asị je ogbe

 gossip

 

 ọbụ asị eje ogbe

 a gossip

 

 buda

 bring down; humble

 

 bufe

 carry over, across

 

 buga

 carry to; transport

 

 bugha{lị}

 postpone

 

 bughalị

 carry badly

 

 bughalị anya

 be mad, dizzy, giddy

 

 bukwasị

 place on

 

 bulu

 carry, bear {something big or heavy}

 

 bulu nisi

 carry on head; undertake

 

 bu mmụọ

 be a priest; look after deity

 

 buna

 carry home

 

 buni enu

 lift up; carry shoulder-high

 

 Oge ọ gba-sịlị ọsọ fa bụni ya enu

 When he finished the race, he was carried shoulder-high

 

 buni ije

 start on a journey

 

 bu nisi

  be youthful, in ones prime

 

 O bụ ume nisi

 He is in the bloom of youth; know by heart; be responsible

 

 bu nob

 learn by heart

 

 bu ọnụ

 fast

 

 bụpụ

 carry away

 

 bupụte

 carry out {object}; bring out, display {e.g. dance}

 

 buruka

 move; carry aside

 

 busa

 scatter {heavy objects}

 

 busasị

 scatter about {heavy objects}

 

 busọ agha

 war against

 

 bute

 bring

 

 bute aka

 carry to a great distance

 

 bute ọya

 catch {a disease}

 

 bu ụka

 make trouble

 

 ajụ {bu}

 be dizzy

 

 bu isi

  be first {to come}

 

 bu ụzọ

 lead; precede; used after another verb, = before

 

 dịbu

 exist before

 

 kwubulu

 say beforehand

 bu

 

 {emphatic past} formerly; once {but not now}

 

 Ọ bụb ụ onye nkuzi

 He was once a teacher

 

 ị na-alabu mmanya?

 Have you been drinking wine before?

 

 ọ zụtabugolu m ewu

 He has bought a goat for me before

bu

 

be

buriten

 

Britain

buru

 

carry

buluu

 

blue

 bụ

 

  be large, stout

 

 ọbụbụ

 stoutness

 

 bụ ibụ

 be stout, large, flourishing

 

 bụ isi

 be horrible; be horrified

 

 bụ ogbe

 be big

 bụlọbụlo

 

  balloon

 bụusụ

 

  cat {puss, nwa m ba, nwa onogbọ}

 bụ

 

  be {used to identify two noun phrases with each other}

 

 Abụ m onye isi

 I am the leader

 

 ọbụbụ

 becoming

 

 bụ ejima

 be twins

 

 bụgodu isi

 be the head {first and foremost, before being anything else}

 

 bụgbado

 be altogether, entirely

 

 bụ isi

 be first, in the first place

 

 bụkọdo

 be both in; carry both in

 

 bụlụzịdụ

 even if

 

 Ọ ga-asọ m ma ọ bụlụ na Emeka melụ ọfụma na nnene akwụkwọ arọ a ọ bụlụzịdụ onye ṅke ịkpe azụ

 It would please me if Emeka could pass this years examination, even if he is in the last place

 

 bụ ọgbọ

 be namesake, age-mate

 

 bụ onye osi alị

 be a witness

 

 ọ bụ ezịe na

 though; although {It is true that...}

 

 Ọ bụ ezịe na mụ bụ nwata ma enwelụ m uche

 Although young, I am sensible

 

 ọ bụlụgodụ

 if; even if; though

 

 ọ bụlụgodụ na fa rl nne aga m enwe ike ịkpata nni gaezụlu fa

 Even if they are many I shall be able to provide food that will be sufficient for them

 

 ọ bụlụzịa

 if it happens; if it later happens

 

 ọ bụlụzịa na fa kpọ nwanne gị bịa, solu fa naba

 If it happens that they come with your brother, follow them home

 

 ọ bụ maka ṅke a

 therefore; hence {It is because of this...}

 

 ọbụna, ọbụna

 any; every

 

 Nye m ife ọbụna

 Give me anything

 

 ọ bụna, ọ bụnada, ọ bụnadụ

 even if; even; if

 

 Biko nye m nni ọ bụnada ṅke oyi

 Please give me some food, even if it is cold

 

 ọ bụraba

 even; even if; although; be it

 

 Biko nye m ego, ọ bụraba afụ

 Please give me some money, be it {i.e. even if it is} only a half-kobo

 bụ

 

  eject; project

 

 bụ asọ

 spit

 

 bụ ọnụ

 curse

 

 bụ ọnụ mmili

 spit

 

 bụsa

 drizzle {of rain}

 bụ

 

 scramble

 

 bụ abụ

 scramble {for something}

 

 bụkọ

 get all by scrambling

 

 bụsịsị

 scramble madly {for something}

 

 Fa bụsslị abụsịsị

 There was a great scramble for it

 

 bụta

 get by scrambling

 

 bụ ụbụ

 scramble {for something}

 bụ

 

 break {hard covering, shell} to get out contents {e.g. egg, ụkwa}; hatch

 

 Ọkụkọ mụ ga-abụ akwa ya nọnwa ọzọ

 My hen will hatch her eggs next month

 

 ọbụbụ

 hatching {of eggs}

 

 bụ akwa

 peck open shell {of hen helping chickens to hatch}

 

 bụ ụmụ

 peck open shell

 bụ

 

 sing

 

 bụ abụ

 sing {a solo}

 bụ

 

 uproot

 

 Ọ na-abụ nkwụ

 He is uprooting a palmtree

 

 ọbụbụ

 uprooting

 

 bụ abụ

 root up {cassava and cocoyam}

 

 bụnite

 uproot

 

 bụ osisi

 uproot tree

 bụụ

 

  quietness

 

 

 

 

 

 

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