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  • ibi (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to live

    biri (2,1) = command form


  • ibia (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to come

    bia (6) = come (as command)


  • ibu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to be (a noun)

    ya buru (2,1) = let it be


  • ibu ibu (2,1,1,2) S,S

    to be fat or big

    Kita o nwe ego, o bu ibu. Kedu ife o na-eri? = He's fat now that he is rich. What does he eat?


  • ibuo (2,6) S

    two

    oche ibuo = two chairs


  • ichezo (1,2,2) W

    to forget


  • ichie (2,8) W

    title for elders


  • icho (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to want


  • icho okwu (1,3,3 or 3,4,4) S, W

    to provoke

    cho okwu (6,4) = provoke (as a command)


  • ida (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to fall or fail

    Da (6) = fall/fail (as a command)


  • ide (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to write

    de (6) = write (as a command)


  • ide (akwa) (1,3,2 or 3,4,2) W (S)

    to iron clothes

    De (6) akwa = iron (as a command)


  • idi (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to be (mostly for adjectives)

    o di mma (1,6,4) = it is well, o di (1,2) = it is available


  • ife (1,1) W

    thing

    Kedu ife m me gi? = What (thing) have I done to you?


  • ife (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to fly

    fe (6) = fly (as command)


  • ife obuna (1,5,3,2) W,S

    whatever, anything


  • ifele (1,1,3 or 3,3,4) W

    shame, disgrace

    Ifele a di eme gi? = Aren't you ashamed of yourself.


  • ifu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to see


  • ifunanya (3,4,6,4) S

    love


  • igba (2,2) S

    drum


  • igbasa (3,4,2) S

    end work or an function such as a church service


  • Igbo (2,2) W

    language of the igbo people, or as an adjective related to the Igbo ethnic group

    onye Igbo = Igbo person, asusu Igbo = Igbo language, ndi Igbo = Igbo people, ani Igbo = Igbo land


  • igbu ozu ( ) W,W

    to make a killing (become risch)

    gbuo (6) ozu = command form


  • ige nti (1,3,2 or 3,4,2) W,S

    to listen

    gee nti (6,2) = listen (as a command)


  • ighe (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to fry

    ghee (6) = fry (as command)


  • igo(te) (1,3(3) or 3,4(4)) W

    buy

    go (6) and gote (2,1) = buy (as command)


  • igu (1,1 or 3,3) S

    to read

    guo (6) = read (command)


  • igwa (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to tell

    Gwa (6) ya = tell him (as a command)


  • ije (1,2) W

    journey


  • ije (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to go

    je (6) = go (as a command)


  • iji (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to hold

    jide (2,1) = hold (as command)


  • ike (1,1or 3,3) W

    strenght, power

    ike Chukwu = God's power


  • ike (1,2) W

    bottom, buttock


  • ike (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to divide

    kee (6) = divide (as command)


  • ike isi (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to plait hair

    kee (6) isi = plait (as command)


  • ikpa (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to weave, to dribble (in football)

    kpaa (6) = weave, dribble (as command)


  • ikpe (2,1) W

    trial


  • ikpo (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to call

    kpoo (6) = call (as command)


  • ikuku (2,2,2) W

    wind, breeze


  • ikwu (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to say

    kwuo (6) = say (as command)


  • ila (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to make love to, to fuck

    la (6) = have sex (as command)


  • ile (1,1 or 3,3) W

    tongue


  • ile (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to sell

    le (6) ya = sell it


  • ima (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to know


  • ime (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to do

    me (6) ya = do it (as a command)


  • ime (1,3 or 3,4) W

    pregnant

    A marodi m na o di ime = I didn't even know that she was pregnant.


  • imi (1,1or 3,3) W

    nose


  • Imo (1,2) W

    A state in south eastern Nigeria


  • ine (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to look

    ne (6) = look (as a command), nenu gi! = just look at you!


  • ino (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to be (in a place)

    noo (6) = command form


  • ino (2,1) S

    four


  • inu (1,1 or 3,3) W

    proverb


  • inu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to drink

    The n is the ṅ sound. nuu (6) = drink (as command).


  • inu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to hear


  • inu ogu (1,3,2,2 or 3,4 2,2) S,S

    to fight

    nuo (6) ogu = fight (as a command)


  • inwe (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to have, possess


  • inwe (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to have


  • inweta (3,4,4) W,S

    to get


  • inwu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to die

    nwuo (6) = die (as a command)


  • inye (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to give

    nyee m (5) = give me, nye fa (3,4) = give them, nye (1) anyi = give us


  • ipu (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to leave, to go out

    puo = command form


  • ire (1,1 or 3,3) W

    tongue


  • ire (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to sell

    re (6) ya = sell it


  • iri (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to eat

    rie (6) = eat (as a command)


  • iri (2,1) W

    ten

    iri na ibuo = twelve (ten and two)


  • iru (1,1 or 3,3) W

    face


  • iru oru (1,3,3 or 3,4,4) S,S

    to work

    ruo oru (6,4) = work (as a command)


  • ise (1,3 or 3,4) W

    draw

    se (6) = draw (as a command)


  • ise (2,1) W

    five


  • ise (2,7) W

    Used as an exclamation to support a statement made in a congregation or meeting, similar to an amen!


  • ise okwu (1,3,3 or 3,4,4) W, W

    to quarrel

    se okwu (6,4) = quarrel (as a command)


  • ishi (1,1 or 3,3) W

    head


  • isi (1,1or 3,3) W

    head

    Isi ya ebuka = His head is really big.


  • isi (1,1or 3,3) W

    end, purpose

    Ife i na-eme enwero isi = what you're doing has no purpose. Ruo n'isi uzo = reach the end of the road.


  • isi (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to say


  • isi (nni) (3,4 (4)) S

    to cook

    sie (6) nni = cook (as a command)


  • isi mbido (1,1,1,1 or 3,3,3,3) W,W

    the very beginning


  • isii (2,8) W

    six


  • itali (2,2,2) S

    cane


  • ite (2,2) W

    pot


  • iti (1,3 or 3,4) W

    hit, beat

    tie (6) = command form


  • iti (2,2) W

    dunce


  • ito (2,1) S

    three


  • iwa (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to break (e.g cola)

    waa = command form


  • iwe (1,1 or 3,3) W

    anger


  • iwe (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to take

    wee = take (as command)


  • iwe iwe (1,3,3 or 3,4,4) W,W

    to be angry

    wee iwe = command form


  • iyo (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to beg

    yoo (6) = command form


  • izizi (2,2,2) W

    beginning, outset, the first time


  • izo (1,3 or 3,4) W

    to hide

    zoo (6) = command form


  • izo (1,3 or 3,4) S

    to struggle for something

    zoo = command form. Zoo election = to run in an election


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