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  • a (1) S

    I (first person pronoun), they (non-specific)

    A na m abia = I am coming, A si na o nwu = they said he died


  • a (2) S

    Used with verbs with strong vowels in the past tense in relation to proper nouns and second person plural pronouns and first person plural pronouns.

    Emeka a biago = Emeka has come. Anyi a nago = We have gone home. Kita unu a mago ife na-eme = now you people know what is going on.


  • a (7) S

    used as a negation for first and second person plural

    Una a choro iru oru! = you (plural) don't want to work. Anyi a choro ibia = we don't want to come


  • a (8) S

    this or that one

    nwanyi a = this/that woman


  • Aba (2,1) S

    A city in Abia State

    M na-eje Aba nwanne echi = I'm going to Aba the day after tomorrow.


  • abacha (2,2,2) S

    Flakes made from cassava

    A ma m agwo abacha = I know how to make abacha.


  • abani (1,2,2) S

    night

    O nwu n'abani! = He/she died at night!


  • Abia (1,2) S

    A state in south eastern Nigeria


  • abuo (2,6) S

    two


  • ada (2,1) S

    first daughter in a family


  • afa (1,2) S

    name

    Kedu afa gi? = What's your name?


  • afa onu (2,6,4) S,S

    beard

    O nwero afa-onu = He doesn't have a beard.


  • afia (1,1 or 3,3) S

    market, trade

    izu afia = to trade


  • afo (1,1 or 3,3) S

    stomach, entrails, belly

    afo anu = entrails of an animal


  • afufu (1,1,1 or 3,3,3) S

    suffering

    A bia m uwa afufu? = Did I come to the world to suffer?


  • agadi (1,1,3 or 3,3,4) S

    elderly person

    agadi nwoke = elderly man


  • agbala (1,2,2) S

    a deity


  • agbata-obi (1,1,1,2) S,W

    neighbour


  • agha (1,1 or 3,3) S

    war


  • ago (2,1) S

    denial


  • agu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    leopard

    Agu! = word used to greet or hail someone, usually as sign of respect


  • aguu (1,5) S

    hunger

    Onye aguu = hungry person or poor person (as an insult)


  • agwo (1,1 or 3,3) S

    snake


  • aha (1,2) S

    name

    Aha m bu Emeka = My name is Emeka


  • aja (1,3 or 3,4) S

    earth, soil, sand


  • ajo (1,3 or 3,4) S

    bad, not right

    ajo mmadu = bad person, ajo uzo = bad road


  • ajuju (1,2,3) S

    question

    A ju m gi ajuju = I asked you a question


  • aka (1,1 or 3,3) S

    hand

    aka ekpe = left hand


  • akamu (2,2,2) S

    pap made from corn


  • akara (2,2,2) S

    bean cake


  • aki (1,1 or 3,3) S

    palm kernel


  • akpa (2,2) S

    bag


  • akpati (1,2,2) S

    large bag


  • akpiri (2,3,4) S

    throat

    *


  • akpu (1,1 or 3,3) S

    cassava fufu


  • aku (2,2) S

    wealth, riches


  • aku oyibo (1,1,2,3) S,W

    coconut


  • akuko (1,1,1 or 3,3,3) S

    story


  • akuku (1,2,2) S

    corner, side


  • akwa (1,1 or 3,3) S

    a cry, lamentation


  • akwa (1,2) S

    clothes, clothing


  • akwa (2,1) S

    egg

    I cho iri akwa? = Do you want to eat some eggs?


  • akwa (2,2) S

    bed


  • akwukwo (1,1,1 or 3,3,3) S

    paper, leaf


  • akwukwo-nni (1,1,1,3 or 3,3,3,4) S

    vegetables


  • akwukwo-nso (1,1,1,3 or 3,3,3,4) S,S

    Holy book (Bible)


  • akwuna (2,2,2) S

    prostitute


  • ala (1,1 or 3,3) S

    breasts


  • ala (2,2) S

    earth, ground

    ala Igbo = Igboland


  • alu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    abomination


  • alusi (1,3,3 or 3,4,4) S

    idol


  • ama-osu (1,5,3) S,W

    witch


  • amadi (2,3,3) S

    freeborn


  • Amadi-oha (2,1,8,2) S

    The god of thunder

    *


  • amala (2,2,2) S

    grace


  • amara (2,2,2) S

    grace


  • amu (1,2) S

    penis


  • anara (1,2,2) S

    garden egg

    The n in anara is the ṅ sound


  • ani (2,2) S

    land

    ani Igbo = Igboland


  • ano (2,1) S

    four


  • anu (1,1 or 3,3) S

    meat


  • anu ofia (1,1,3 or 3,3,4) S,S

    bush meat (also used as an insult)


  • anuli (1,2,3) S

    joy, happiness, fun

    inwe anuli = to have fun (the n in anuli is the ṅ sound)


  • anumaanu (1,1,8,2) S

    animal


  • anwu (1,1 or 3,3) S

    sun


  • anya (1,1 or 3,3) S

    eye

    Anya gi! = your eyes (used as a greeting for someone you have not seen for a while)


  • anya ukwu (1,1,1 or 3,3,3) S, W

    greed


  • anya-ufu (1,5,3) S,S

    jealousy


  • anyanwu (1,1,3 or 3,3,4) S

    sun


  • anyari (2,2,2) S

    albino


  • anyi (2,1) S

    we, us


  • apata (1,1,2) S

    thigh


  • ara (1,1 or 3,3) S

    breasts


  • ara (1,1 or 3,3) S

    madness


  • ara (1,1 or 3,3) S

    madness


  • aro (1,2) S

    year


  • aru (1,2) S

    fart


  • aru (2,1) S

    body


  • asaa (2,8) S

    seven


  • asato (2,1,3) S

    eight


  • asi (2,1) S

    lie, untruth


  • asiri (2,2,2) S

    gossip


  • aso (1,1 or 3,3) S

    spit


  • asusu (1,2,3) S

    language


  • Atiloogwu (2,2,6,2) S

    a type of traditional dance


  • ato (2,1) S

    three


  • ato (2,1) S

    three


  • aturu (1,1,3 or 3,3,4) S

    sheep, lamb


  • awo (1,2) S

    frog


  • aziza (1,1,2) S

    broom

    *


  • azu (1,2) S

    fish


  • azu (2,1) S

    behind, a person's back


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