Igbo Dictionary - words beginning with 'a'



1.The first letter of the Igbo alphabet (a b ch d)
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2. someone, something (pronoun) (harmonizes: alternative is e-)
Used as impersonal pronoun. Translated in English as passive voice.

Syntax: a [verb root][r][harmonizing vowel]

Examples
a achiri ya ọchi (he was laughed at) (someone laughed at him)
a kụrụ aka n'ụzọ (there is a knock on the door) (someone docked on the door)
a jụrụ m ajụjụ (I was asked a question) (someone asked me a question)
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3. This (determiner, pronoun)

Examples
akwụkwọ a (this book)
onye nke a (this person)
ihe a (this/this thing)
ebe a (here/this place)
nke a (this/this one)
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4. Used as prefix to negative verb (first person subject and second person plural) (harmonizes: alternative is e-)

Examples
abịaghị m (I didn't come)
ha abịaghị (They didn't come)
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5. Used as prefix to verb (first person subject) (harmonizes: alternative is e-)

Examples
abịara m (I came)
ajụrụ m ajụjụ (I asked a question)
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6. Used as prefix to verb for present participle (harmonizes: alternative is e-)

Examples
ana m abịa (I'm coming)
ha na-abia (they are coming)
ha na-achi ọchi (they are laughing)
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7. Used as prefix to verb for perfect tense (harmonizes: alternative is e-)

Syntax: a[verb root]la

Examples
abiala m (I've come)
ha abiala (they have come)
Emeka abiala (Emeka has come)
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8. Suffixed to verb root to make the verb imperative (harmonizes: alternatives are e, o, ọ)

Syntax: [verb root]a

Examples
pịa ya (press it)
chịa ya ọchị (laugh at it)
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1. Aba is a city in Abia State, Nigeria.

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Examples
• John bi n'Aba (John lives in Aba)
• m ga aga Aba echi (I will go to Aba tomorrow)
• Aba di nso na Port Harcourt (Aba is close to Port Harcourt)
• esi m Aba lọta ụnyaahụ (I came back from Aba yesterday)
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2. Anglicised as Abba. Abba is a community in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria.

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Examples
• John bi n'Abba (John lives in Abba)
• m ga aga Abba echi (I will go to Abba tomorrow)
• Abba di nso na Awka (Abba is close to Awka)
• esi m Abba lọta ụnyaahụ (I came back from Abba yesterday)
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3. To fall or lie flat on the back

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Example
• ọ dara egbe aba (he fell flat on his back)
• o dina egbe aba (he is lying flat on his back)



• cassava (boiled, sliced and soaked in water overnight to reduce starch)

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Example
• biko gwọtara m abacha (please prepare abacha for me)
• abacha na-amasi (I like abacha)
• abacha a dị ụtọ (this abacha is delicious)



to be wide (adjective)

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Example
• efere ya dị abadaba (the plate is wide)
• efere abadaba (wide plate)



night

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Other dialects: abanị
Synonym: anyasị, uchichi

Examples
• etiti abalị (midnight)
• mgbede abalị (late evening)
• ụtụtụ na abalị (morning and night)
• ụtụtụ, mgbede na abalị (morning, evening and night)
• ọ biara n'ụlọ n'abalị (he came to my house at night)
• ndị abalị dị egwu (armed robbers who operate at night)(Literally: 'nights are teribble' people)



night

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See dictionary entry under: abalị
Dialects: Onitsha and some northern Igbo



1. Part of the verb used to express present continuous tense and future tense for 'come'. The other part is the auxiliary verb 'na' or 'ga'.

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Examples
• na-abịa (coming)
• ga-abịa (will come)
• ọ na-abịa (he is coming)
• ọ ga-abịa (he will come)
• John ga-abịa (John will come)
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2. Abịa is Anglicised as Abia. Abia is a state in Nigeria. The capital of Abia State is Umuahia. Aba is Abia State's commercial city.

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the Igbo alphabet

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a b ch d e f g gb gh gw h i ị j k kp kw l m n ṅ nw ny o ọ p r s sh t u ụ v w y z


Examples
• abịdịị Igbo nwere mkpụrụ edemede iri atọ na isii (the Igbo alphabet has 36 letters)



long basket used for taking wares to the market / shopping basket/cart

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Similar to: nkata, ekete

Examples
• nwanne m nwoke ga eji abọ buru eghu ahụ gaa ahịa (my brother will take the goat to the market in a basket)



a sacred tree

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See dictionary entry under: abọsi
Dialects: Orlu and some southern Igbo



a sacred tree

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Other dialects: abọshị



fowl with scanty feathers (usually used for sacrifice)

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Example
• biko gote abuke e ji achụ aja (please buy a fowl for sacrifice)



1. armpit

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Synonym: mkpa abụ

Example
• lekwe abụ m, enweghi ajị dị ya (Literally: look at my armpit, there are no hairs) (meaning: I'm as innocent as a child)
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2. pus

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3. song (usually for worship)

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Similar to: ukwe, egwu

Example
• ịbụ abụ (to sing)
• abụ otuto (songs of praise)
• abụ ọma (psalm)
• anyi ga-aburu Chukwu abu otuto
• sị ya bụọrọ gi abụ (tell him to sing for you)



psalm

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See dictionary entry under: abụ (3)



two

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See dictionary entry under: abụọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



fat (fatty meat)

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Examples
• Eghu a mụrụ abụba (the meat of this goat is fatty)



vegetable

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Examples
• ofe abụbọ (vegetable soup)
• m na-esi ofe abụbọ (I'm cooking vegetable soup)



1. palm nut fibre (by-product of palm oil extraction)

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2. strike (refusal to do something)

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Examples
• abụbụ ọrụ (worker's strike)
• abụbụ nri (hunger strike)(Literally: food strike)
• John gbara abụbụ nri (John is on hunger strike)



two

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Other dialects: abụa, ibụa, ibụọ
Synonym: mbọ

Examples
• otu, abụọ, atọ, anọ (one, two, three, four)
• enwere m ụmụnne abụọ (I have two siblings)
• Chineke kere igwe na ala n'ụbọchi nke abụọ (God created the sky and land on the second day)



cricket (edible insect)

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Similar to: nte



bamboo (bambusa) and elephant grass (cenchrus purpureus)

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See dictionary entry under: achara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



Bamboo (bambusa) and elephant grass (cenchrus purpureus). In some places bamboo is ọtọsi and elephant grass is achara.

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Other dialects: achala
Synonym: ọtọsi

Examples
• onye gbuwe achara onye gbuwe, onye akpọla ibe ya onye ikoli (focus on the job at hand)(Literally: each person should keep cutting the elephant grass, let no one call the other a prisoner)



brachystegia eurycoma (soup thickner, used as alternative to cocoyam)

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Examples
• John siri ofe achị (John cooked achị soup)
• biko jiri achị mee ụrịa ma ọ bụrụ na ede adịghi (please use achị to thicken the soup if there is no cocoyam)



bread (also used for other dry food)

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Examples
• John na-ata achịcha (John is eating bread)
• achọrọ m achịcha na mmiri (I want bread and water)



1. daughter (first daughter when a specific family is referenced)

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Examples
• nwa ada (a daughter)
• ụmụ ada (married daughters of a particular community)
• ada eze (princess)
• ada nna (first daughter)
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2. fall (verbal complement)

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Examples
• ịda ada (to fall)
• ọ dara ada (he fell)
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3. baby's spit-up milk after breastfeeding

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Examples
• nnwa gbọrọ ada (my baby spit-up milk)



baboon

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bitter kola (garcinia kola)

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Other dialects: akị ilu, akụ ilu, agbị ilu



1. divination

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Examples
• dibia afa (diviner)
• ịgba afa (to perform divination)
• ka anyi gaa n'afa (let's go to a diviner)
• John na-agba afa - John is performing divination
• John na-agba afa - John is a diviner
• John na-agba afa - John performs divination
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2. name

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See dictionary entry under: aha
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



shirt, dress

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See dictionary entry under: efe
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



plate (dining plate)

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See dictionary entry under: efere
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



market

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See dictionary entry under: ahịa
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



grass, weed

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See dictionary entry under: ahịhịa
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. stomach, belly

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Other dialects: ahọ

Examples
• afọ ojuju (contentment, satisfaction)
• afọ juru m (I am satisfied)
• afọ ime (pregnancy)
• afọ ojuju (contentment, satisfaction)
• afọ ime (pregnancy)
• nnwa afọ (biological child)
• nwa afọ (indigene, citizen)
• nwanne afọ (sibling from the same mother)
• afọ nri (gluttony)
• afọ mgbu (stomach ache)
• afọ oghughu (stomach ache)
• afọ ọma (kindness, generous, benevolent)
• afọ otuto (swollen belly)
• afọ ọsịsa (dysentery)
• eriri afọ (intestine)
• ngịrị afọ (intestine)
• afọ mgbachi (loss of appetite)
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2. year

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Other dialects: arọ, ahọ

Examples
• afọ ise (five years)
• afọ ole ka ị dị? (how old are you?)
• adị m afọ ise (I am five years old)
• afọ ohụrụ (new year)
• ịchụ afọ (new year celebration)
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3. One of the days of the Igbo week (afọ, nkwọ, eke, orie). Each of the days is a market day.

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Other dialects: ahọ

Examples
• Taa bụ afọ (Today is afọ)
• ndị obodo anyị na azụ afọ (Our community market is afọ)
• Nwaafọ (Personal name for a boy born on afọ day. Anglicised as Nwafor)
• Okeafọ (Personal name for a boy born on afọ day. Anglicised as Okafor)
• Mgbaafọ (Personal name for a girl born on afọ day. Anglicised as Mgbafor)



that

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See dictionary entry under: ahụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



beard

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See dictionary entry under: ahụ ọnụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



eggplant, garden egg (solanum macrocarpon)

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Synonym: aṅara



suffering

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See dictionary entry under: ahụhụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. a specie of yam

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Examples
• ji aga (yam)
• akọro ji aga n'afo a (I planted the aga specie of yam this year)
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2. large hand-held needle used for sewing sacks and similar items

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Similar to: ntụtụ

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3. barren

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Examples
• nwaanyị aga (barren women)
• nwaanyị aga atụrụla ime (the barren woman has conceived)



lion (male lion only). The agaba masquerade is named after the lion.

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Similar to: ọdụm



old person

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Similar to: okenye

Examples
• agadi nwoke (old man)
• agadi nwaanyị (old woman)
• ndị agadi (old people)
• John na-eme ka agadi nwoke (John behaves like an old man)



a bold thief

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See dictionary entry under: agavu
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



a bold thief

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Other dialects: agafu

Examples
• i weere ego m dowere n'elu oche. Ị bụ agavu (You took the money I kept on the chair. You are a bold thief)



maize meal

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Examples
• Ana m eri agidi (I am eating maize meal)



huge, impressive (onomatopoeia)

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Examples
• ọ zọrọ m agịdịgị ụkwụ ya ahu (he stepped on me with that his huge leg)



leopard

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Examples
• ogbu agụ (leopard killer)
• akpụkpọ agụ (leopard skin)
• ukwu jie agụ, mgbada a biara ya ụgwọ (Literally: if the leopard becomes lame, the deer comes for debt collection)



crocodile

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razor

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Examples
• ọ bụ na agụba adịghị nkọ, ka ọ bụ na ọkpụ isi amaghị akpụ? (Literally: is it that the razor is not sharp, or that the barber doesn't know how to cut?)



denial

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Examples
• o weere akwụkwọ m, m jụọ ya, ya gọọ agụgọ (he took my book, I asked him and he denied)



hunger

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Other dialects: agụụ, agụrụ

Examples
• agụọ na-agụ m (I am hungry)
• agụọ na-agụ nnwa m (my child is hungry)



hunger

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See dictionary entry under: agụọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



hunger

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See dictionary entry under: agụọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. jaw

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2. testament, will, covenant

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Examples
• agba ọhụrụ (new testament)
• agba ochie (old testament)
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3. rheumatism, arthritis

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Examples
• agba ikpere (arthritis of the knee)



a god

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See dictionary entry under: agbara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



a god

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Other dialects: agbala

Similar to: arụshị, agwụ



boundary line; border, division, separation

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Similar to: oke

Examples
• agbata obi (neighbour, neighbourhood)
• onye agbata obi (neighbour)
• John bụ onye agbata obi (John is my neighbour)
• agbata obi onye bụ nwanne ya (one's neighbour is his brother)
• ajọ omume unu na-etinye agbata n'etiti unu na Chineke unu (your iniquities have separated you from your God)



neighbour, neighbourhood

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Examples
• onye agbata obi (neighbour)
• John bụ onye agbata obi (John is my neighbour)
• agbata obi onye bụ nwanne ya (one's neighbour is his brother)



bond, a binding

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See dictionary entry under: ọgbụ



ant (non-climbing ant that stings)

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Other dialects: agbụsị

Similar to: ahụhụ

Examples
• agbịsị gbaa otele ọ mụrụ akọ (Literally: if the buttocks is stung by an ant, it becomes wise) (meaning: experience is the best teacher)



a tout

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1. vomit

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Examples
• ịgbọ agbọ (to vomit)
• John na-agbọ agbọ (John is vomiting)

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2. descent, lineage, race, inheritable feature

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See dictionary entry under: agbụrụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



damsel, maiden

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Examples
• a lụta agbọghọ, a chụpụ agadị (Literally: when a maiden is married, the old wife is divorced) (meaning: new things are fascinating)



damsel, maiden

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See dictionary entry under: agbọghọ



bond, a binding

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See dictionary entry under: ọgbụ



compost, manure

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descent, lineage, race, inheritable feature

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Other dialects: agbọ

Examples
• ido agbụrụ (to copulate a male and female to obtain the good feature of one of the the target parent in the offspring. Could be humans, animals or plants)
• biko resi m mkpi a, achọrọ m idoro agbụrụ ya (please sell this billy goat to me, I want to have offsprings with its features)
• agbụrụ ha na-ama mma (their lineage are beautiful)
• agadi nwere onye na-elekọta ya, sị na agbụrụ ya anaghị aka nka (Literally: an old person that has a carer says her lineage do not age)
• agbụrụ na-eri ekpe anaghị agwọ onye ọrịa (Literally: a race that benefits from inheritance does not care for their sick)



ant (non-climbing ant that stings)

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See dictionary entry under: agbịsị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



war

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Other dialects: aya

Examples
• tupu agha (before the war)
• ibuso agha (to wage war)
• ịgba ọsọ agha (to escape wage)
• ịlụ agha (to fight in war)
• ịga agha (to go to war)
• ije agha (to go to war)
• ndị agha (soldiers)
• ọchị agha (commanding officer)
• agha akara aka anaghị eri ngwọrọ (Literally: the cripple does not die in a fight that was annouced before the war)



how?, how are you?, how are things?

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disorderliness, disorder, lack of order

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See dictionary entry under: aghara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



disorderliness, disorder, lack of order

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Other dialects: aghala, ayala

Examples
• ọgbọ aghara (riot, chaos)
• onye aghara (one who does not follow process)
• John dị aghara, ọ na aṅụ oke mmanya (John is rebellious, he drinks a lot)


trick, deceit, cunning

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Other dialects: awụwọ

Examples
• ịghọ aghụghọ (to be tricky)
• ịghọ aghụghọ (to be cunning)
• ọ ghọrọ aghụghọ n'okwe ahụ (he cheated in that game)


1. cowpea (beans)

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Similar to: ndudu, akịdị

Examples
• John na-esi agwa (John is cooking beans)
• ana m eri agwa (I am eating beans)
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2. behaviour, mannerism

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Similar to: omume

Examples
• nwata a nwere ezigbo agwa (this child is well-mannered)
• agwa ị na-akpaso ya adịghị mma (your behaviour towards him is not good) (you don't treat him well)
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3. colour

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Examples
• itu agwa (to have a colour)



snake

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Similar to: eke

Examples
• agwọ ịtụ ihe (snake to bite something)
• agwọ ahụ tụrụ enyi ahụ (the snake bit the elephant)



a deity that can possess a person and make him behave in a strange manner

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Similar to: arụshị, agbara

Examples
• agwụ ịkpa mmadụ (to be possessed by the deity)
• agwụ na-akpa John (John is possessed by agwụ)



name

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Other dialects: afa, ava

Examples
• aha m (my name)
• aha otutu (praise-name)
• ịba aha (to give a name)
• aha ọjọọ (bad name)
• ịkpọ aha (to call by name)
• itu aha (to extol)
• ịza aha (to answer to a name)
• ịza aha (to bear a name, usually surname)
• John na-aza Okafor (John bears Okafor. His name is John Okafor)
• ị kpọọ m aha, aga m aza (If you call my name, I will answer)
• onye kpọrọ aha m? (who called my name?)
• o mebiri aha obodo ya (He spoilt the name of his community. He is a disgrace to the community.)
• ezigbo aha ka ego (a good name is better than money (wealth))
• ezi aha ka ego (a good name is better than money (wealth)



market

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Other dialects: afịa, avịa

Examples
• ụbọchi ahịa (market day)
• ngwa ahịa (wares, stock)
• ọma ahịa (market place, centre of market)
• ọnụ ahịa (price)
• ọ na-azụ ahịa ube (trades in cocoyam)
• John gara ahịa
• ahịa oma na-ere onwe ya
• ndị ahịa (traders)
• ndị mgbere ahịa (traders)
• ndị na-azụ ahịa na ndi orụ bekee (traders and civil servants)
• ọ ma anya ahịa (he understand the trade)
• ahịa onye na-azụ ka oma anya
• ihu ahịa (storefront, shopfront)
• onye ahịa m (my customer)
• ahịa akpa (contraband)
• ahịa attack (trading behind the enemy line. 'Attack' is an English word.)
• ịzụ ahịa (to trade)
• ịkpọwa ahịa (to display wares)
• ịgba aka ahịa (to be the first to buy from a seller in the day. The first buyer brings good luck)
• ịtụ ahịa (to order goods)
• ịgba ahịa (to deal in a specific product or location)
• ọ na-agba China (he goes to China to sell/buy)
• ịghọ ahịa (to lose)



Corchorus olitorius Linn. (vegetable for making soup)

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Other dialects: arịraa



grass, weed

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Other dialects: afịfịa

Examples
• ịsụ ahịhịa (to cut grass)



grace, favour

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Other dialects: arịnze



1. that, those

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Other dialects: afụ

Examples
• oche ahụ (that chair)
• ndị ahụ (those people)
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2. body

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Other dialects: arụ

Examples
• ahụ mgbu (sickness)
• ahụ mgbu (illness)
• ahụ ike (health)
• ahụ ọkụ (fever)
• mma ahụ (physical beauty)
• ajọ ahụ (back luck)
• nwanne ahụ (near relative)
• ahụ ụfụ (distress)
• ahụ ụfụ (discomfort)
• ido ahụ (to look healthy)
• ikawa ahụ (to persevere)
• ikawa ahụ (to strive)
• ikata ahụ (to be courageous)
• imeka ahụ (to bother)
• imerụ ahụ (to injure)
• imerụ ahụ (to wound)
• imerụ ahụ (to hurt)
• ịra ahụ (to be difficult)
• ịsa ahụ (to wash the body/bathe)
• ịghụ ahụ (to wash the body/bathe)



beard

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Other dialects: afụ ọnụ

Examples
• ọ gbara ahụ ọnụ (he has beard)
• ana m akpụ ahụ ọnụ (I am shaving my beard)



1. ant, ant-like insect

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Other dialects: arụrụ

Similar to: agbịsị

Examples
• onye kpara nkụ ahụhụ rịọrọ ngwere ọrịrị (he who fetches ant-infested firewood, invites the lizard to hang out)

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2. suffering

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Other dialects: afụfụ

Examples
• ịta ahụhụ (to suffer)
• ọ na-ata ahụhụ (he is suffering)
• ọ tagbuola onye ya n'ahụhụ (he is suffering a lot)



1. soil, sand

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Similar to: ụrọ

Examples
• ikpo aja (to gather sand, especially for construction)
• aja ụpa(clay soil)

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2. sacrifice

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Examples
• ịchụ aja (to offer sacrifice)
• anyị na-achụ aja (we are offering sacrifice)
• aja dị nsọ (holy sacrifice)



widow

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Similar to: isi ekpe



dreadlocks

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Similar to: dada

Examples
• ishi ajata (dreadlocks)



hair on the human body except the hair on the head, hair on animals

Tone:

Similar to: ntutu

Examples
• ịgba ajị (to have hair)
• ịgba ajị (to grow hair)
• ịkpụ ajị (to shave hair)



pepple

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ajịrịja
Dialects: Some northern Igbo


pepple

Tone:

Other dialects: ajịlịja



bad

Tone:

Similar to: ọjọọ, njọ

Examples
• ajọ mmadụ (evil person)
• ajọ mmadụ (wicked person)
• ajọ ndụ (immoral life)
• ajọ ọrụ (badly done work)
• ajọ aha (bad name)
• ajọ agwa (ill-mannered)
• ajọ ihe (bad thing)
• ajọ ọria (malignant disease)
• ajọ ahụ (bad luck)
• ajọ mmụọ (evil spirit)
• ajọ ọhia (evil forest)
• ajọ ọnọdụ (bad position)
• ajọ ọnọdụ (bad condition)
• ajọ ọnụ (foul-mouthedness)
• ajọ uche (bad plan)
• ajọ uche (evil thought)



1. antidote

Tone:

Examples
• eji m ajụ ya (I have the antidote)
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2. headpad

Tone:

Examples
• ịgba ajụ (to roll a headpad)
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3. dizziness

Tone:

Examples
• ajụ ibu (to be dizzy)
• ajụ na-ebu m (I am dizzy)
• ajụ na-ebu John (John is dizzy)
• ibu ajụ (to cause dizziness)
• ọgwụ ịba na-ebu ajụ (malaria drugs cause dizziness)



question

Tone:

Examples
• ịjụ ajụjụ (to ask question)
• John jụrụ m ajụjụ (John asked me a question)
• ịza ajụjụ (to answer question)
• biko zaa ajụjụ a (please answer this question)



1. year

Tone:

Examples
• aka na-abịa (next year)
• akaa (last year)
• aka ahụ (last year)

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2. hand, handle, branch

Tone:

Examples
• mkpụrụ aka (finger)
• mkpịsị aka (finger)
• isi aka (thumb)
• ọdụ aka (pinky finger)
• ọdụ aka (little finger)
• ọbụ aka (palm of the hand)
• akara aka (destiny) (Literally: lines on the hand)
• akpụ aka (biceps)
• mbọ aka (finger nail)
• aka nri (right hand)
• aka ekpe (left hand)
• ubu aka (shoulder)
• ikpere aka (elbow)
• aka izize (reluctant hand)
• aka nkọ (quick-handed)
• aka ntụtụ (light-fingered)
• ogwe aka (arm)
• aka azụ (bribery)
• aka ike (stinginess)
• aka nka (artistic, creative)
• aka odo (pestle)
• aka ebe (witness)
• aka ebe (surety)
• aka nro (soft hand)
• aka efe (sleeve of shirt)
• aka osisi (tree branch)
• inye aka (to help)
• ịkwọ aka (to wash hand)
• ịkụ aka (to clap)
• ikwe n'aka (hand shake)
• ịgba aka (to be empty-handed)
• ịgba aka nwa (to be childless)
• ife aka (to wave)
• iji n'aka (to be sure)
• ịdị n'aka (to be responsible for)
• iji n'aka (to be certain)
• ime aka abụọ (Literally: to be double handed) (meaning: a thief)
• ịjịkọ aka (Literally: to join hand) (to marry)
• ịma aka (to challenge)
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3. animal tick

Tone:

Similar to: igwi, akpị

Examples
• A tụpụ nwa nkịta aka, egosi ya, ka ọ ghara iche na ị tụrụ ya mbọ (Literally: when a tick is removed from a dog, the tick is shown to the dog, so the dog doesn't think it was pinched)

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4. far

Tone:

Examples
• ite aka (to be far)
• igate aka (to go far)
• ibite aka (to live far away)
• ibute aka (to carry far away)



witness

Tone:

Examples
• ịgba aka ebe (to witness)
• ịgba aka ebe (to testify)



mockery, humiliation

Tone:

Examples
• ime akaje (to humiliate)
• o mere m akaje n'ọgbọ (he humiliated me in public)
• e mere ya akaje n'ọma ahịa (he was disgraced in the market square)



dwarf

Tone:



sign, mark

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: akara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



a spirit that possess individuals amd make them stupid or foolish

Tone:



corn pap

Tone:

Examples
• ịyọ akamu (to sieve ground corn to separate the pap from the chaff)
• igbo akamu (to prepare akamu with hot water)
• ịṅụ akamu (to drink akamu)



potash

Tone:



1. sign; mark

Tone:

Other dialects: akala

Examples
• akara aka (destiny)
• akara aka (the lines on the palm of the hand)
• ika akara (to draw a line)
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2. cowpea cake

Tone:

Examples
• ita akara (to eat cowpea cake)
• ihe akara (to fry cowpea cake)
• nwata na-ata akara na-ata ego ya (Literally: a child that is eating akara is eating his money)



crowd puller

Tone:



great person

Tone:



nut, palm kernel, coconut

Tone:

Other dialects: akụ

Examples
• akị oyibo (coconut)
• ude akị (palm kernel oil for the skin)
• mmanụ akị (palm kernel oil for cooking)
• ichere akị (shell of palm kernel)
• asara akị (shell of palm kernel)
• akị awụsa (tiger nut)
• akị mkpị (two palm kernel joined by one endocarp)
• akị ilu (bitter kola. See dictionary entry under: adu)
• ịkpa akị (to search for palm kernel under the palm tree)
• iti akị (to crack palm kernel)
• ọ bụghị otu akị ilu na-ada n'ọnụ ka ọ na-atọ (Literally: bitter kola does not taste the same way it sounds when chewed) (Things are not always as they seem)



dry grass, dry leaves

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: akịrịka
Dialects: Some northern Igbo


termite

Tone:

Similar to: mkpu

Examples
• akịka tara akwụkwọ ya (termites destroyed his book)



frog

Tone:

Similar to: awọ



dry grass, dry leaves

Tone:

Other dialects: akịlịka



intelligence

Tone:

Similar to: amaniihe

Examples
• akọ na uche (intelligence and mind, that's intelligence with the head and heart)



jaundice

Tone:



insult, verbal abuse, invective

Tone:



fan

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: nkufe
Dialects: Some northern Igbo


1. nut, palm kernel, coconut

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: akị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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2. wealth, riches

Tone:


Examples
• akụ na ụba (wealth and riches)
• inwe akụ (to be wealthy)
• ịkpa akụ (to acquire wealth)
• ọkpa akụ eri eri (a miser) (Literaly: acquirer of wealth that does not eat eat)
• ori akụ (wife)
• ụlọ akụ (bank)
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3. pubic hair

Tone:

Similar to: ajị

Examples
• ịgba akụ (to grow pubic hair)
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4. arrow

Tone:

Similar to: ube

Examples
• ịgba akụ (to shoot arrow)
• a gbaa nke mbụ ọ tụọ n'ogwe, a gbaa nke abụọ, ọ tụọ n'ogwe. Ọ bụzị ogwe ga a pịara akụ (Literally: the first arrow missed the target and hit the trunk, the second shot hit the trunk, is the arrow manufactured for the trunk?)
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5. edible winged termite

Tone:

Examples
• akụ ferecha, ọ daara nwa awọ (Literally: when the termite is done flying, it falls to the toad)
• ịchụ akụ (to catch termites - during the day)
• ịmụ akụ (to catch termites - at night)



story

Tone:

Examples
• ịkọ akụkọ (to tell story)
• akụkọ ifo (folklore)
• akụkọ ụwa (news)
• John na-akoro ụmụ ya akụkọ (John is telling his children stories)



1. side

Tone:

Examples
• n'akụkụ (beside)
• o bi n'akụkụ ụlọ m (he lives beside my house)
• tinye ya n'akụkụ (put it aside)
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2. slang

Tone:

Examples
• ịkụ akụkụ (to speak in slangs)



bag, sack

Tone:

Examples
• akpa mmamiri (bladder)
• akpa nnwa (womb)
• akpa nnwa (uterus)
• akpa amụ (scrotum)
• akpa ego (one hundred pounds £100)
• akpa ego (two hundred naira ₦200)



fowl dung, bird dung

Tone:

Other dialects: akpana



fowl dung, bird dung

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: akpala
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. long broom that is a by-product of the palm frond eaten by goats

Tone:
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2. measles, rubella

Tone:

Examples
• akpata ịgba (to be infected by measles)
• akpata na-agba ya (he is infected by measles)
• akpata gbara ya (he is infected by measles)



goose pimples

Tone:

Examples
• akpata oyi ịwụ (to get goose pimples)
• akpata oyi wụrụ m mgbe m nụrụ ya (I got goose pimples when I heard it)


box

Tone:

Similar to: igbe

Examples
• akpati ozu (coffin)


1 scorpion

Tone:

Examples
• akpị ịgba (scorpion to sting)
• akpị gbara John (John was stung by a scorpion)
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2. tick

Tone:


Similar to: igwi, aka



throat

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: akpịrị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



throat

Tone:

Other dialects: akpịlị

Examples
• akpịrị ogologo (Literally" long throat) (one who desires for what they don't deserve)
• akpịrị ịkpọ nkụ (to be thirsty)
• akpịrị na-akpọ m nkụ (I am thirsty)
• ịdọ akpịrị (to long for something)


lumps in pounded cassava, lumps in pounded cocoyam

Tone:

Examples
• a sụtaghị akpụ a, ọ gbara akpịrịkpọ (this cassava is not well-pounded, it has lumps)



1. cassava, pounded cassava

Tone:

Examples
• akọrọ m akpụ n'afọ a (I planted cassava this year)
• ana m ayọ akpụ a kwọrọ akwọ (I am sieving grated cassava)
• John na-elo akpụ (John is eating pounded cassava) (Literally: John is swallowing cassava)
• anyị gara ifo akpụ (we went to harvest cassava) (Literally: we went to uproot cassava)
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2. lump, hump

Tone:



bicep

Tone:



skin, leather, hide

Tone:

Examples
• akpụkpọ ahụ (skin, human skin)
• akpụkpọ ụkwụ (shoe, sandals, footwear)



shoe, sandals, footwear

Tone:

Synonym: akpụụkwụ



shoe, sandals, footwear

Tone:


Synonym: akpụkpọ ụkwụ



1. egg

Tone:

Examples
• iyi akwa (to lay egg)
• ịbụ akwa (to hatch egg)
• ighe akwa (to fry egg)
• isi akwa (to cook egg)
• akwa eghere eghe (fried egg)
• akwa ọkụkọ (chicken egg)
• ọkụkọ m yiri akwa (my chicken laid an egg)
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2. cloth

Tone:

Examples
• ịkwa akwa (to sew cloth)
• iyi akwa (to wear cloth)
• ibe akwa (to cut cloth - for sewing)
• ịsa akwa (to wash cloth)
• ịsụ akwa (to wash cloth)
• ide akwa (to iron cloth)
• ịdọka akwa (to tear cloth)
• ịgbasa akwa (to spread cloth)
• ịpịa akwa (to fold cloth)
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3. bed, bridge

Tone:

Examples
• akwa mmiri (bridge)
• idina n'akwa (to lie in the bed)
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4. cry

Tone:

Examples
• ịkwa akwa (to cry)
• ibe akwa (to cry)
• ịgụgụ akwa (to console)



vein, muscle

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: akwara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. vein, muscle

Tone:

Other dialects: akwala
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2. fibre from stem of palm, fibre from palm frond

Tone:

Other dialects: akwala



funeral

Tone:



1. palm nut

Tone:

Examples
• ogbe akwụ (palm fruit)
• mmanu akwụ (palm oil)
• akwụ ojukwu (a specie of palm fruit)
• akwụ ọsụkwụ (a tender palm nut with lots of oil)
• abụbụ akwụ (fibre that is by-product of palm oil extraction)
• igbu akwụ (to harvest palm fruit)
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2. bird's nest

Tone: àkwụ́



cooking tripod, cooking stand

Tone:

Synonym: ekwu



leaf

Tone:

Examples
• akwụkwọ osisi (leaf of tree)
• akwụkwọ nri (vegetable)
• akwụkwọ iwu (law book)
• akwụkwọ nso (holy book)
• akwụkwọ ukwe (hymn book)
• ụlọ akwụkwọ (school building)
• nwa akwụkwọ (student)
• nwata akwụkwọ (student)
• ụmụ akwụkwọ (students)
• dibia mkpa akwụkwọ (herbalist)
• ịkpa akwụkwọ (to collect leaves)
• ịgụ akwụkwọ (to be educated)
• ịgụ akwụkwọ (to read a book)
• ịga akwụkwọ (to go to school)
• ide akwụkwọ (to write a book)
• ide akwụkwọ (to write a letter)
• ibi akwụkwọ (to print a book)
• ịsape akwụkwọ (to open a book, flip though the pages)
• ịsaghe akwụkwọ (to open a book, flip though the pages)
• imeghe akwụkwọ (to open a book)
• ịdọka akwụkwọ (to tear a book)
• ịgba akwụkwọ (to wed in church, to wed in the court)
• ịgba akwụkwọ (to sue in court)
• ịma akwụkwọ (to be brainy)
• ịmụ akwụkwọ (to study)



epilepsy

Tone:

Examples
• ịda akwụkwụ (to have epileptic fit)



prostitute

Tone:

Synonym: akwụnakwụna

Examples
• ịgba akwụna (prostitution)



prostitute

Tone:

Synonym: akwụna



1. land, floor, ground

Tone:

Other dialects: anị, ana, ale, alị
Examples
• ntọ ala (origin)
• nsọ ala (abomination)
• ịrụ ala (to commit abomination)
• ụgbọ ala (motor, vehicle)
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2. have sex

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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3. breast

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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4. madness

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



branch

Tone:


Other dialects: anaka


Similar to: ngalaba, aka

Examples
• alaka osisi (branch of tree)



the name of tortoise's wife in folklores

Tone:

Similar to: anịm, anụm



worn-out thing, usually bicycle or machine

Tone:



1. resentment at tragedy

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arịrị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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2. millipede

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arịrị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



counsel, advice, suggestion

Tone:

Examples
• ịtụ alo (to deliberate)
• ịtụnye alo (to give advice)
• ịtụnye alo (to offer suggestion)



heaviness

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. bite

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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2. abomination, taboo

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



misdeed

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arụrụ ala
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



marriage

Tone:

Other dialects: anụmdi



deity

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arụshị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. distinguishing feature

Tone:

Examples
• ịhụwa ama (to identify something by distiguishing feature)
• ịriba ama (to identify something by distiguishing feature)
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2. outside the compound wall, the large space leading to a compound

Tone:

Examples
• ama nne gi eshila (Literally: may the entrance to your maternal home never close) (meaning: may your maternal home lineage live on)
• ụmụnne anyị, ndị bi n'ụlọ na ndị bi n'ama (our brethren who live at home and those who live abroad)
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3. span, section

Tone:

Examples
• ama okwu (verse)
• Abụ ọma, isi nke iri abụọ na atọ, ama okwu nke ise (Psalms, chapter 23 verse 5)
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4. divulge secret

Tone:

Examples
• igba ama (to divulge secret)
• John gbara ndị ntọ ama ebe James no (John divulged James location to kidnappers)
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5. witness

Tone:

Similar to: akaebe

Examples
• ịgba ama (to bear witness)
• ama ụgha (false witness)
• ịgba ụgha ama (to bear false witness)



1. grace, favour

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: amara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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2. canoe paddle

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: amara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. grace, favour

Tone:

Other dialects: amala

Examples
• site n'amara nke Chukwu (by the grace of God)
• ana m emere gi amara (I'm doing you a favour)
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2. canoe paddle

Tone:

Other dialects: amala

Examples
• ụgbọ amara (canoe)



witch

Tone:



1. penis

Tone:

Similar to: utu, ikpu

Examples
• akpa amụ (scrotum)
• mkpụrụ amụ (testis)
• ịpị amụ (to castrate)
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2. laughter

Tone:

Synonym: ọchị

Examples
• ịkpa amụ (to amuse)
• ịmụ amụ (to laugh)



1. prophecy

Tone:

Examples
• amụma ụgha (false prophecy)
• onye amụma(prophet)
• ndị amụma (prophets)
• ibu amụma (to prophesy)
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2. lightning, shiny

Tone:

Examples
• amụma na-egbu (there is lightning)
• ihu ya na-egbu amụma (his face is shining)



land, floor, ground

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ala
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



branch

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: alaka
Dialects: Some northern Igbo


Similar to: ngalaba, aka



land, floor, ground

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ala
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



the name of tortoise's wife in folklores

Tone:

Similar to: alịa, anụm



four

Tone:

Other dialects: ịnọ, nnọ

Examples
• otu, abụọ, atọ, anọ, ise (one, two, three, four, five)
• nke anọ (fourth)
• ụlọ anọ (four houses)



meat, animal

Tone:

Examples
• anụmanụ (animal)
• anụ ezi (pork)
• anụ ehi (beef)
• anụ egbu (goat meat)
• anụ na azụ (meat and fish)



the name of tortoise's wife in folklores

Tone:

Similar to: alịa, anịm



marriage

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: alụmdi
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



wild cane

Tone:



eggplant

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aṅara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



eggplant, garden egg (solanum macrocarpon)

Tone:

Other dialects: aṅala



bee

Tone:

Other dialects: anwụ

Examples
• mmanụ aṅụ (honey)
• aṅụ ịgba (bee to sting)


joy

Tone:

Other dialects: anwụlị

Examples
• obi aṅụlị (joyful)


drunkard

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aṅụrụma
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



drunkard

Tone:

Other dialects: aṅụlụma

Examples
• onye aṅụrụma (a drunkard)



phlegm

Tone:



1. sun, sunshine

Tone:

Examples
• anwụ iti (the sun to shine)
• anwụ mgbede (evening sun)
• anwụ ụtụtụ (morning sun)
• ize anwụ (to shelter from the sun)
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2. mosquito

Tone:

Examples
• anwụ nta (mosquito)
• ịmụ anwụ (to breed mosquitos)
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3. bee

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aṅụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



joy

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aṅụlị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



smoke, tobacco snuff, cigarette

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: anwụrụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. smoke

Tone:

Other dialects: anwụlụ

Examples
• udu anwụrụ (tick smoke)
• ịkwụ anwụrụ (to generate smoke)
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2. cigarette

Tone:

Other dialects: anwụlụ

Examples
• ise anwụrụ (to smoke cigarette)
• ịṅụ anwụrụ (to smoke cigarette)
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3. tobacco snuff

Tone:

Other dialects: anwụlụ

Synonym: ụtaba

Examples
• ịkpọ anwụrụ (to inhale tobacco snuff)
• mkpọ anwụrụ (snuff box)



1. eye

Tone:

Examples
• anya ụfụ (envy)
• anya ike (intimidation)
• anya mkpọ (blindness)
• anya mmiri (tears)
• anya ukwu (greed)
• ịgba anya mmiri (to shed tears)
• mma anya (physical beauty)
• nku anya (eye brow)
• enyo anya (eye glasses)
• ugegbe anya (eye glasses)
• ọkụ anya (eye glasses)
• ntabi anya (twinkle of an eye)
• n'otu ntabi anya (in a twinkle of an eye)
• ịba n'anya (to intoxicate)
• mmanya na-ana n'anya (alcoholic drink)
• ịdị anya (to be far)
• ido anya (to understand a topic)
• ịgbado anya (to be careful)
• ịgbagwoju anya (to confuse)
• ịgbanwoju anya (to confuse)
• ịkọdo anya (to explain to some's understanding)
• ihi aka naabụ n'anya (to tread carefully) (Literally: to rub two hands against the eyes)
• ịhụju anya (to suffer) (Literally: to have seen enough)
• ịhụshi anya (to suffer) (Literally: to be blinded by sight)
• ịhụ n'anya (to love)
• ịhụnanya (love)
• iju anya (to be overwhelmed)
• iju anya (to be astonish)
• ịka anya (to be fearless)
• ịkpacha anya (to do something on purpose)
• ịkpachara anya (to be carefull)
• ile anya (to look)
• ile anya (to look forward to)
• ile anya (to expect)
• ileba anya (to look into)
• ilebọ anya (to keenly observe with the intention of finding fault)
• ilefe anya (to overlook)
• iletu anya (to look down)
• iletụ anya (to peek)
• ileda anya (to look down)
• ileda anya (to underestimate capability)
• iledo anya (to take good care of)
• ilefu anya (to look away)
• ileru anya (to take notice of)
• ileru anya (to be observant)
• ileru anya (to tend to)
• ịtọ anya n'ala (to be observant)
• ịtọ anya n'ala (to take notice of)
• ịtọ anya n'ala (to be careful)
• ịtọ anya n'ala (to take notice of)
• eleghi anya (did not look)
• eleghi anya (perhaps)
• ịma anya (to be knowledgeable)
• ime anya ụra (to be drowsy)
• imechi anya (to close the eyes)
• imeghari anya (to confuse)
• ịnọchi anya (to replace)
• ịtabi anya (to wink)
• ịrọ anya (to wink)
• ejighi abalị arọ anya (something things aare no appropriate for all occasions) (Literally: you don't wink at night)
• ịwa anya (to be fearless)
• ịtụ n'anya (to surprise)
• ịsọ anya (to take action or not take action because of respect for elder or authority)
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2. far

Tone:

Similar to: ite aka

Examples
• ịdị anya (to be far)



sun

Tone:

Examples
• ọwụwa anyaanwụ (sunrise)
• ọwụwa anyaanwụ (east)
• ọdịda anyaanwụ (sunset)
• ọdịda anyaanwụ (west)



night

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Synonym: anyasị, abalị



axe

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ọnụike
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



we, us, our

Tone:

Other dialects: ayị

Examples
• nke anyị (ours)
• nke anyị (ours)
• anyị nwa (we)
• anyị onwe anyi (we ourselves)
• o nyere anyị nri (he gave us food)
• anyị riri nri (we ate)
• anyị onwe anyị riri nri (we ate)
• nke a bụ nke anyị (this is ours)
• nke a bụ ụlọ anyị (this is our house)


horse

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ịnyịnya
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



pumpkin

Tone:

Similar to: ụgbọgụrụ

Examples
• ọmara ajụ bidoro aka n'ukwu ụgbọgụrụ na-ajụ ihe na-ami anyụ (a questioner leans on the stem of the pumpkin and ask what bears pumpkin fruit)



scar

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root

Tone:

Similar to: mgbọrụgụ



marsh

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1. have sex

Tone:

Other dialects: ala

Examples
• ịra (to have sex)
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3. breast

Tone:

Other dialects: ala

Examples
• mmiri ara (breast milk)
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4. madness

Tone:

Other dialects: ala

Examples
• onye ara (mad person)
• ịpụ ara (to become mad)
• ịghọ ara (to be mad)



worm (parasitic), nematode

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intestinal worm, roundworm

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Similar to: okpo



grace, favour

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ahịnze
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



Corchorus olitorius Linn. (vegetable for making soup)

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ahịhaa
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1. resentment at tragedy

Tone:

Other dialects: alịlị

Examples
• ebeela akwa arịrị, ụwa m o, ụwa m o! (I cry for my misfortune, my world, my world!)
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2. millipede

Tone:

Other dialects: alịlị

Similar to: esu



begging, petition, prayer

Tone:

Other dialects: ayịyọ

Similar to: ekpere

Examples
• ịrịọ arịrịọ (to beg)
• ka anyị rịọ arịrịọ (let us pray)



long iron musical gong

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1. heaviness

Tone:

Other dialects: alọ, arụ

Examples
• ibu arọ (heavy load)
• ịdị arọ (to be heavy)
• ite ahụ dị arọ (that pot is heavy)
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2. year

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: afọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



1 body

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ahụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo
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2. abomination, taboo

Tone:

Other dialects: alụ

Examples
• ime arụ (to commit abomination)
• ikpo arụ (to cleanse abomination)
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1. bite

Tone:

Other dialects: alụ

Examples
• ita arụ (to bite)
• nkita tara John (a dog bite John)



1. ant, ant-like insect

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ahụhụ
Dialects: Some southern Igbo



misdeed

Tone:

Other dialects: arụrụ anị

Examples
• ịdị arụrụ ala (to be mischievous)
• ịrụ ala (to commit abomination)
• John dị arụrụ ala (John is mischievous)



deity

Tone:

Other dialects: arụsị, alụsị

Similar to: agwụ, agbara

Examples
• eze arụshị (priest of the deity)
• ido arụshị (to erect a deity)
• ịgọ arụshị (to worship a deity)
• okwu arụshị (shrine)
• ịpị arụshị (to carve a deity)
• arụshị kpawa ike e gosi ya osisi e jiri pịa ya (Literally: when the deity becomes too powerful, it is shown the wood it is made of)



deity

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arụshị
Dialects: Some southern Igbo



fish (Gymnarchus niloticus)

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eight

Tone:

Other dialects: ịsatọ

Examples
• otu, abụọ, atọ, anọ, ise, isii, asaa, asatọ (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight)
• nke asatọ (eighth)
• ụlọ asatọ (eight houses)



enquiry

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ese
Dialects: Some southern Igbo



1. hatred

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ashị
Dialects: Some southern Igbo
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2. lie

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ashị
Dialects: Some southern Igbo



gossip

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ashịrị
Dialects: Onitsha and some northern Igbo



sponge for washing utensils

Tone:

Similar to: ogbe



1. saliva

Tone:

Other dialects: asụ


Similar to: ọnụ mmiri

Examples
• ịgba asọ (to spit)
• ịbụ asọ (to spit)
• ịgbụ asọ (to spit)
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2. holy, saint

Tone:

Examples
• ịdị asọ (to be holy)
• Mary dị asọ (Holy Mary)
• Peter dị asọ (Saint Peter)



language

Tone:

Examples
• asụsụ Igbo (Igbo language)
• ịsụ asụsụ (to speak a language)
• John na-asụ asụsụ Igbo (John speaks Igbo language)



1. hatred

Tone:

Other dialects: asị

Examples
• ịkpọ ashị (to hate)
• akpọrọ m ashị (I hate it)
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2. lie

Tone:

Other dialects: asị

Examples
• ịtụ ashị(to lie)



gossip

Tone:

Other dialects: asịlị

Examples
• onye ashịrị (gossip person)
• ashịrị gbakaa ute (one who enjoys gossip) (Literally: gossip tears the mat)



spear-grass (especially it dominates other plants, thereby preventing proper fallowing)

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thatched roof

Tone:

Examples
• John bi n'ụlọ atarị (John lives in a thatched roof house)



three

Tone:

Other dialects: ịtọ, ntọ

Examples
• otu, abụọ, atọ (one, two, three)
• nke atọ (third)
• ụlọ atọ (three houses)



1. chewing stick

Tone:

Examples
• ịta atụ (to clean the mouth with chewing stick)
• ịta atụ (to brush the teeth)
• ofeke mụta atụta atụ, atụ gwụ n'ọhịa (if a fool learns to use chewing stick, all the chewing stick in the bush would be gone)
• ofeke mụta ịta atụ, atụ gwụ n'ọhịa (if a fool learns to use chewing stick, all the chewing stick in the bush would be gone)
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2. model, compared to, example

Tone:

Examples
• ịma atụ (to give example)
• ọmụmatụ (example)
• inwe atụ (to have a comparable)
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3. buffalo, Syncerus caffer nanus

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sheep

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: atụrụ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



sheep

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Other dialects: atụlụ

Similar to: ebila

Examples
• nwa atụrụ (lamb)
• anụ atụrụ (mutton)
• igwe atụrụ (flock of sheep)
• onye nche atụrụ (shepherd)
• atụrụ mụrụ ebila gba aka nwa (the sheep that gave birth to a ram is childless)



spotted, stain, discolouration

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name

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aha
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



yam meal cooked in spicy water and usually eaten in cold weather

Tone:

Other dialects: awayị

Examples
• ji awayị (yam meal)
• igbu awayị (to cook yam meal)



yam meal cooked in spicy water and usually eaten in cold weather

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: awaị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



goodluck

Tone:

Examples
• ije awale (safe journey)



edible caterpillar that form enormous swarms

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toad

Tone:

Similar to: akịrị

• akụ ferecha, ọ daara nwa awọ (Literally: when the termite is done flying, it falls to the toad)



trick, deceit, cunning

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aghụghọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



war

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: agha
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



disorderliness, disorder, lack of order,

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: aghara
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



we, us, our

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: anyị
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



begging, petition, prayer

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: arịrịọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



grass for roofing

Tone:


cowry, cowrie

Tone:

See dictionary entry under: ayọrọ
Dialects: Some northern Igbo



cowry, cowrie

Tone:

Other dialects: ayọlọ

• ego ayọrọ (cowrie money)



1. broom

Tone:

Examples
• izi azịza (to transform the palm leaf into a broom)
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2. answer

Tone:

Examples
• ịza azịza (to answer)
• inwe azịza (to have answer)



1. fish

Tone:

Examples
• azụ ndụ (fresh fish)
• azụ okpoo (dry fish)
• azụ ukpo (fish caught with a hook)
• onye ndidi na-eri azụ ukpo (the patient person eats the fish caught with a hook)
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2. back

Tone:

Examples
• n'azu (behind)
• ikpe azu (to come last)
• ichigha azu (to turn back)
• iga azu (to retrogress)
• ila azu (to retrogress)
• aka azu (bribery)



catarrh

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