ga1 [gá] vb.
to serve:
ọ ga mwẹn la ukpo eha“He served me for three years.”
ga2 [gá] vb.
to be cooked; to be ready to eat.
Iyan na gae ne“This yam is cooked.”
gaa [gàá] vb.
to surround; to encircle (also lẹgaa; gaga).
gadagbaa [gádágbáá] adj.; adv.
(usually introduced by the verb ye) huge; expansive.
gaga1 [gàgá] vb.
cf. gaa.
gaga2 [gàgá] vb.
1. to manage; to cope with limited means.
2. to care for; to look after:
Rẹn ẹre ọ gagae khian“He is the one tending him.”
gaigai [gàigài] adv.
describes a manner of walking: with wide confident strides.
gaingain [gã̀ĩgã̀ĩ] adv.
describes gait: with an air of arrogance.
gegeege [gégéégé] adv.
(usually introduced with the vb. ye): describes something that is in a heap, that is, so plentiful that it is in a heap:
Ize ne ọ dẹe ye gegeege“The rice she bought is in a heap.”
gele [gèlè] adv.
really; indeed; actually:
Ọ gele sẹ evba“He actually reached there.”
gelegele [gèlègèlè] adv.
in fact; in truth.
geletee [gélétéé] adv.; adj.
(usually introduced by the vb. yo, or ye), describes height, very high (also golotoo).
gẹdẹgbẹẹ [gɛ́dɛ́gbɛ́ɛ́] adv.; adj.
(usually introduced by the vb. ye) describes size: very big, very bulky.
gẹdẹgẹdẹ [gɛ̀dɛ̀gɛ̀dɛ̀] adv.
usually used as an emphatic modifier after personal prons.:
me gẹdẹgẹdẹ?: “my very self?” i.e. do you actually mean me?
gẹngẹnẹngẹn [gɛ̃́gɛ̃́ɛ̃́gɛ̃́] adv.
(usually introduced by the vb. ye) very tight; bloated ―
Ẹko ẹre ye gẹngẹnẹngẹn“His belly looks bloated.”
gẹnnẹ [gɛ̃́nɛ̃́] adv.
not at all:
Erhọkpa ma de fua gẹnnẹ“None dropped at all.”
gi [gí] vb.
to allow to do; to permit to do, to let:
Ọ gi Ozo la owa“He let Ozo enter the house”
. It has a variant gu when the object is 1st or 2nd pers. sg. pro.:
Ọ gu mwẹn la owa“He let me enter the house.”
2. to be able (to do something).
gia [gìá] vb.
plural or reiterative sense of fian:
1. to cut into several parts or pieces;
2. to cut several objects;
3. several people cut the same object; several people cut various objects. (also giagia).
giagia [gyàgyá] vb.
cf. gia.
giagha [gyàɣá] vb.
to cut or tear into shreds or little pieces.
Ọ giagha ukpon ye ọre ẹkun“He tore her cloth into shreds on her waist”^: “He tore the cloth she wrapped around her waist into shreds.”
giangiangian [gỹã̀gỹã̀gỹã̀] adv.; adj.
(usually introduced by the verbs, baa or ye) very bright; brightly-coloured.
gianranran [gỹã̀ɽã̀ɽã̀] adv.; adj.
1. (with the verb tu): describes sound: the cry of a very young infant, especially at birth or during a bath;
2. (with ye): describes size: very tiny and numerous.
giasẹn [gìásɛ̃̀] vb.
“to spit saliva”:
1. to spit;
2. to pronounce a curse or evil wish on a person.
gidigbo-gidigbo [gídígbògídígbò] int.
a formula pronounced at the initiation of a wrestling match by one of the contending pairs.
gidigidi1 [gìdìgìdì] adj.; adv.
(usually introduced by the verb ye) describes size: big and thick or strong (e.g. of yams; or human legs).
gidigidi2 [gìdìgìdì] adv.; adj.
(usually introduced by the verb baa) describes flame: blazing hot.
gidigbi [gìdìgbì] adv;
firm and strong.
gie [gyé] vb.
to send:
Ọ gie ẹre Ẹdo“He sent him to Benin.”
gie1 [gìé] vb.
to describe; to show:
Ọ gie odẹ ma mwẹn“He described the road to me; he showed me the way”
gie2 [gìé] vb.
to compare: (usually occurs with a pre-verb ya)
Ya ọna gie ọnii“Compare this with that.”
gie3 [gìé] vb.
to spit (e.g. of a snake such as the spitting cobra).
gie4 [gìé] vb.
to affect (of certain sickness):
Uruvba gie ẹre akharha“Boil has affected his thigh: he has a boil on his thigh.”
gie [gyè] prep.
indicates a direction: towards; to:
Rhie ígho gie Ozo“Take the money to Ozo”
giẹ1 [gyɛ́] vb.
to laugh.
giẹ2 [gìɛ́] vb.
to rip off, or tear off:
abọ ukpọn mwẹn giẹrethe edge of my cloth has ripped off
giẹgiẹ1 [gyɛ̀gyɛ́] vb.
to tear to bits; to break into pieces.
giẹgiẹ2 [gìɛ́gyɛ̀] vb.
to make haste; to be fast:
giẹgiẹ rri ọre“Eat it fast.”
giẹghẹ [gyɛ̀ɣɛ́] vb.
to be small (of many objects), in size, rather than quantity: tiny.
giẹghẹgiẹghẹ [gyɛ̀ɣɛ̀gyɛ̀ɣɛ̀] adj.; adv.
(usually introduced by the verb, ye) describes size: very small; tiny. (of many objects). (also giẹnrẹn or giẹrẹ).
giẹn [g̃ɛ̃́] vb.
to burn.
giẹngiẹn [gỹɛ̃̀gỹɛ̃́] vb.
1. to have low endurance or tolerance for pain or physical discomfort:
Egbe giẹngiẹn mwẹn gbe“My body cannot endure much pain.”
2. to be hypersensitive.
giẹnrẹn [gỹɛ̃̀ɽ̃ɛ̃̀] adj.; adv.
(usually introduced by the verb ye): very small; tiny, (of many objects). (also guẹnrẹnrẹn).
giẹrẹ [gyɛ̀ɽɛ̀] adj.; adv.
cf. giẹnrẹn.
gilọgilọ [gílɔ́gílɔ́] adj.; adv.
(usually introduced by the verb ye) describes appearance: tall and thin. (also fiofio).
gin [gĩ́] vb.
to leak.
ginna [gĩ̀nã́] adv.
against; to:
Ọ gba ẹre ginna erhan“He tied him to a tree”
giogiogio [gyògyògyò] adj.; adv.
(with the vb. baa) bright red. 2. (with the vb. tọn). very hot.
girri/grri [gìrì/grì] adv.
describes motion: sudden or unexpected motion.
go [gó] vb.
to shout, to scream (also so).
gogoogo1 [gógóógó] adj.; adv.
(with the verb, so): describes noise: very loud. 2. (with the verb yo): very high.
gokaan [gókã́ã́] adv.; adj
(usually with the verb ye) describes appearance: very tall and clumsy.
golotoo [gólótóó] adv; adj.
(usually with the verb yo or tan) very tall.
gọ [gɔ́] vb.
(in the active sense): to bend or curve; (in the stative sense): to be bent, curved or crooked.
gọlọ [gɔ̀lɔ́] vb.
to walk gracefully.
gọlọgọlọ [gɔ̀lɔ̀gɔ̀lɔ̀] adv.
describes a manner of walking: with graceful gait.
gọn-ugie [gɔ̃̀ṹgyè] vb.
to worship; to hold the festival of.
gọngọnọngọn [gɔ̃̀gɔ̃̀ɔ̃̀gɔ̃̀] adv; adj.
describes appearance: pointed or angular.
gu1 [gú] co-verb
to accompany in doing; to help in doing:
Ọ gu erhae winna“He worked with his father.”
gu2 [gú] vbl part
cf. gi.
gu-dẹ [gùdɛ́] vb.
“to help buy”:
1. to assist in buying;
2. to buy from.
gu-dia [gùdìá] vb.
to live with (usually as a ward or servant).
gu-guan [gùgũ̀ã́] vb.
to speak with; to speak to.
gu-gui [gùgwí] vb.
“to quarrel with”: to scold; to query.
gu-gbinna [gùgbĩ̀nã́] vb.
“to fight with”.
gua1 [gùá] vb.
1. to adulterate;
2^.^ to admix (also guagua).
gua2 [gùá] vb.
(< guẹ-vbe-a-ya): to know how (to do something); always occurs as a first member of serial verb constructions. (also guara).
gua1 [gwá] vb.
to row (a boat). (also guokọ).
gua2 [gwá] vb.
1. to dig;
2. to plant pieces of yam or cassava in prepared heaps of soil.
gua3 [gwá] vb.
(of space) to be capable of accommodating; to have enough room for.
Emwanna gha gua ima“This place can accommodate us.”
gua4 [gwá] vb.
(with ehien) to scratch or tear (with finger nails).
gua5 [gwá] vb.
(with kpaọ) to rise; to swell.
gualọ [gwàlɔ́] vb.
1. to look for; to search;
Ọ gha gualọ igho“He is looking for money”
(also hoo).
guagua [gwàgwá] vb.
to admix (cf. gua1 (vb)).
guan [gũ̀ã́] vb.
to speak; to say something.
gue1 [gùé] vb.
1. to cover; to put a lid on;
2. to shut; to close:
Ọ gue unu nẹ“He has shut mouth: he has shut up.”
gue2 [gwé] vb.
1. to be located with;
2. to be in possession of.
Ebe mwẹn gue Ozo“My book is with Ozo.”
Igho i gue mwẹn“Money is not with me: I have no money”
guemwin [gwèɱĩ́ĩ̀] vb.
“^to know something”: to be skilled; to be proficient.
guero [gwèɽó] vb.
(< guẹ ― ero) “to know tricks”: to be cunning.
guẹ [gwɛ́] vb.
to know; to be skilled at something.
gue [gùɛ́] vb.
to make sacrifice to one’s head during the Iguẹ ceremony; (also ruhunmwun).
guẹnrẹnrẹn [gwɛ̃̀ɽɛ̃̀ɽɛ̃̀] adj.; adv.
(cf. giẹghẹgiẹghẹ).
guẹzẹ [gwɛ́zɛ̀] vb.
“to row river”: to cross a river by boat.
guẹzẹguẹzẹ [gwɛ̀zɛ̀gwɛ̀zɛ̀] adv.
(usually with the verb rhia or kulo): describes degree: completely; totally; entirely.
Ọmọ na wa kulo guẹzẹguẹzẹ“This child is spoiled completely. i.e. The child is very badly behaved.”
gui1 [gwí] vb.
1. to quarrel; to have a disagreement.
ma vbe ọre gui“He and I are quarrelling”
2. to complain; to be displeased with:
Ọ gui ighẹ i ma tuẹ ọre“He is complaining that I did not greet him”
3. to state one’s case (in a quarrel):
Ọ ghi gui oghẹe ne, mẹ na vbe gui ọghomwẹn“After he had stated his case, I then stated mine.”
gui2 [gwí] vb.
to drone; to mutter indistinctly.
guiẹzo [gwyɛ́zɔ] vb.
1. (< gui-ẹzo) to argue a case.
2. to complain.
gukaan [gùkã̀ã̀] adj.; adv.
(with tota): clumsily, as if collapsing.
gulugulu [gúlúgúlú] adj.; adv.
(usually with dinmwin or ye) very deep; (of eyes): sunken.
gunu [gùnṹ] vb.
“to shut mouth”: to keep quiet; to shut up.
guo [gùó] vb.
to collapse; to break down.
guobọ [gwòbɔ́] vb.
“to know hand”: to be accustomed to; to understand (somebody or something).
guokọ [gwòkɔ́] vb.
to row or sail a boat.
guọ [gwɔ́] vb.
to tremble; to shiver.
guọghọ [gwɔ̀ɣɔ́] vb.
1. (in the transitive sense): to break; to crush; to pull apart;
2. (in the intransitive sense): to be broken; to get crushed or crumpled.
guọnmwengbe [guɔ̃̀ɱẽ̀g͡bé] vb.
to turn away abruptly (as if in protest).
guọnmwẹn [guɔ̃̀ɱɛ̃́] vb.
1. to move abruptly or suddenly;
2. (of a dog’s tail): to wag.