ayintọ [àỹítɔ̀] n.
(a-yin-tọ) ― “dwelling with longevity” a traditional greeting expressed to somebody who has just completed either the foundation of a residence or the entire building, to wish him long life.
doo1 [dóó] int.
an informal greeting, equivalent to “hello”, expressed between peers, or by an older or senior person to a younger or junior one. The plural form, wa doo!, is usually used by an older person to two or more younger people. It is also used by an adult visitor to announce his presence in a house.
dọmọ [dɔ́mɔ̀] int.
1. a deferential greeting, normally used for chiefs or other elderly people to whom courteous regard is due:
Dọmọ, edionmwan! “Greetings, old man!”
2. a greeting used for people resident at the Oba’s palace.
iyarre [ìyárè] n.
“May you go and return”: goodwill greeting, usually called out to somebody embarking on a challenging enterprise such as war; or to somebody going on a long journey. It is also the traditional greeting to the Ọba or any of his chiefs by the populace on any stately occasion.
koyọ [kóyò] int.
a general greeting formula; it expresses a wide variety of sentiments ranging from general good will to sympathy and affection.
otuẹ [òtwɛ́] n.
greeting; salutation.
ọba- [ɔba] int.
a formula of salutation which is prefixed to various words designating times, seasons, occupations, dispositions, etc. in greeting on appropriate situations: ọbota (< ọba ― ota) “greetings of the evening.” Good-evening! ọbiwinna (< ọba ― iwinna) “Greetings as you work!”, etc.
ọbavan [ɔ́bávã̀] int.
Good afternoon (cf. Ọba).
ọbokhian [ɔ́bóxyã̀] int.
ọbota [ɔ́bótà] int.
Good evening!
ọbowa [ɔ́bówà] int.
a greeting expressed by a new arriver to people met at home on arrival. “Greetings for staying at home.”
ọbowiẹ [ɔ́bówiɛ̀] int.
Good morning!
rere [ɽéɽe] int.
a greeting, used mainly by the elderly, to mean “welcome”.