khaa [xàá] vb.
to say.:
Vbe ọ khaa hẹẹ? “What did he say?”
khaan1 [xã̀ã́] vb.
to be fed up with; to have had enough of (something):
Iwinna khaan mwẹn: “I have had enough of work.: I don’t want any more work.”
khaan2 [xã̀ã́] vb.
to sift; to separate the undesirable parts from the good parts (of something):
Khaan ẹre nii u ke muẹn ye akhe“Sift those beans before you put them into the pot.”
khaevbisẹ [xàeʋìsɛ́] vb.
“to say what comes to be”: to be in authority; to govern.
khamaa [xàmã̀ã́] vb.
to tell:
Khamaa rẹn“Tell him”
(also tamaa).
kharha [xàřá] vb.
to drop (of many things).
Alimoi kharha kua vbe okhuae“The oranges have dropped from the basket.”
kherhe [xèřé] vb.
1. to be small;
2^.^ to be little.
kherhe [xéřé] adj.
1. (used with the verb ye) small; little:
Ọ ye kherhe ne ọ kẹre: “It is small that is left: What is left is small.”
2. adv. a little bit; slightly:
ọ kan rẹn kherhe“It touched it slightly.”
kherhekherhe [xéřéxéřé]
MM:1. adj.
very small, tiny (of many things). (used with the verb ye).
Iran ye kherhekherhe“They are very small”
MM:2. adv.
slightly; a little:
Ọ balọ kherhekherhe: “It is painful a little bit.”
khẹẹ [xɛ̀ɛ́] vb.
to await; to expect:
Ọ khẹẹ ruẹ vbe uwowa: “He is waiting for you inside.”
khẹkhẹ [xɛ̀xɛ́] vb.
to be simple; to be easy (usually occurs in negative clauses)^:
Iwinna na i khẹkhẹ“This work is not easy: It is tough.”
khẹke [xɛ̀ké] vb.
to be appropriate (in the sense of “what should be”):
Ọ khẹke ne u rhie ígho ẹre nẹẹ“It is appropriate that you give him his money: You ought to give him his money.”
khẹko [xɛ̀kóò] vb.
(< khọọ ― ẹko) “to spoil stomach”: to irritate or be irritated; to upset or be upset:
Ẹmwẹn ne ọ tae nii wa khọ mwẹn ẹko“Those things that he said really upset me.”
khia1 [xìá] vb.
to hurt:
Obọ khia mwẹn“(my) hand hurts me.”
khia2 [xìá] vb.
to scrape, to scratch with a sharp object. (skin or bark of something)
khia ukpakọn na mẹ“Scrape off the bark from this chewing stick for me.”
khian1 [xyã́] vb.
to walk; to go by foot.
Imọto u la rre ra te u khiaẹn? “Did you come by car or did you walk?”
khian2 [xyã́] adv.
indicates that the action in the main verb continues over a period of time:
Ọ viẹ khianHe is crying along
Ọ rhulẹ khian: he is running along
khian3 [xyã́] aux.
inceptive marker; indicates that the action in the verb is about to begin, or that it will take place: it may be translated by: about to; going to; or want to:
Ọ khian gbẹe: “^He is going to beat him”
I khian kpaọI am about to leave; I want to leave; etc
khian [xĩ̀ã́] vb.
to transform into something else; to change; (usually by magical means):
ọ khian enọwanrẹn nẹ“He has become an elderly person; he has aged.”
; 2. to become.
khianmwun [xyã́ɱũ̀] vb.
to proceed; to keep going:
Ọ na khianmwun vbe uwowa“He proceeded into the house.”
khiẹ1 [xìɛ́] vb.
to mourn for; to grieve:
khiẹgbe“to mourn self”: to show conventional signs of grief
khiẹ2 [xìɛ́] vb.
1. to obstruct a passage with something;
2. to put a cork on a bottle.
khiẹn [xỹɛ̃́] vb.
1. to sell; to trade in:
Ọ khiẹn ukpọn vbe ekiHe sells cloth in the market
Igari ọ khiẹn: “She is a trader in garri: She is a garri-seller.”
2. to defeat (somebody) in a game.
Ọ khiẹn mwẹn vbe isẹ ne ima fii. “He defeated me in the game of isẹ that we played.”
khiẹn [xĩ̀ɛ̃́] vb.
to wipe off; to clean off:
Ọ khiẹn ameve hin aro rre“She wiped off the tears from her eyes.”
khiẹn [xĩ̀ɛ̃́] vb.
to twist:
ọ khiẹn mwẹn obọ ghee iyeke“He twisted my arm to the back.”
khin1 [xĩ́] cop.
1. to be:
Ọvbokhan rẹn i khin. “His wife I am: I am his wife.”
2. to become; used with time words to mean “till”:
ọ khin akhuẹ“It becomes tomorrow; till tomorrow.”
Ọ khin evbaghazẹkpẹe“It becomes after some time: till later.”
khinkọ [xĩ́kɔ̃̀] vb.
(< khian4 ― iko) “to become an impediment”; to constitute a nuisance; an opponent or an enemy:
Ọ khin ere ikọ vbe isi-iwinna rẹn“He has constituted himself into a nuisance for him at his work place.”
khinraan [xĩ̀ɽã̀ã́] vb.
I. to melt. (e.g. of coagulated fat when heated).
khirhi [xìří] vb.
to do hurriedly; to be in haste:
Ọ khirhi le ẹre“He was in haste in cooking it: He hastily cooked it.”
khirhikhirhi [xìřìxìřì] adv.
in a hurry; hurriedly:
Ọ lee ẹre khirhikhirhi“He cooked it in a hurry”
khiokhio [xyòxyó] vb.
1. to scrape off (e.g. the burnt sediment of food in a pot.);
2. to scratch (with a sharp edge)
Ehọ ughegbe khiokhio mwẹn obọ“The edge of the mirror scratched my hand”
khọ [xɔ́] vb.
to resemble; to look like:
Ọvbokhan na ma zẹdẹ khọ evbibiọe“This child does not at all resemble his parents.”
khọnu [xɔ̀nú] vb.
(< khọọ ― unu) “to be bad in the mouth”; to taste bitter or sour. (cf. rriara).
khọọ [xɔ̀ɔ́] vb.
1^.^ to be evil; bad:
evbikhọọ“a no-good”
orukhọọ: evil deeds; sins (in the Christian sense)
2. to be stern, strict, or severe:
Etisa na khọọ gbeThis teacher is very strict
3. to be un-pleasant; to be bitter:
Ukhunmwun na khọọ unu“This medicine is unpleasant (in) the mouth: it is bitter.”
khọọn1 [xɔ̃̀ɔ̃́] vb.
1. to fight incessantly:
Te iran vbe ọvbokhan rẹn khọọn sin“He and his wife have been fighting incessantly all this time.”
2. to fight a war with:
Ẹvbo iran o gu ẹvho ima khọọn. “It is their town fighting a battle with our town.”
Ma ẹre ọ khian khọọn miẹ otọ“We are the ones who shall fight and receive the ground: We shall win.”
khọọn2 [xɔ̃̀ɔ̃́] vb.
1. to be desired; to be craved:
Iyan khọọn mwẹn: “I have a desire for yam”
Ibọru ne a gbe khọọn mwẹn: “I crave ball-playing: I feel like playing ball”
2. to be inclined toward doing, to feel like doing:
Ọ gha khọọn ruẹn u rhie nẹẹn deghẹ ọ ma vbe khọọn ruẹn u hẹwẹ“If you feel inclined to do so, you give it to her, if you are not so inclined, you leave it i.e. if you like you may give it to her, if not, you don’t.”
khọrọ [xɔ̀ɽɔ́] adv.
excessively; too much:
Ọvbokhan na viẹ khọrọ: “This child cries too much.”
khọrhiọn [xɔ̀řĩɔ̃́] vb.
to be ugly:
Aro ẹre khọrhiọn gbeHer face is very ugly
khu [xú] vb.
1. to chase; to run after;
2. to drive away:
Iran khu mwẹn vbe ẹvbo nii“They drove me away from that town.”
khua1 [xùá] vb.
to be heavy:
Ihẹ na khua mwẹn“This load is heavy for me (to carry).”
khua2 [xùá] vb.
1^.^ to catch on a hook; to hang up:
Khua ukpọn na ye ise ne ọ rre egbekẹn“Hook this cloth on the nail on the wall.”
2. to clamp:
Ekhu khua mwẹn obọ“The door has clamped my hand.”
khuakhua [xwàxwá] vb.
1. to be tight; to be insufficiently roomy:
Aga na khuakhua ima“This chair is tight for us”
2. to jostle one another (e.g. in a crowd); to pack into a limited space.
khuan [xw̃ã́] vb.
to earn money; to make money:
Ígho ne ọ khian ya bọ owa ẹre ọ khuan. “It is the money that he intends to build a house with that he is making.”
khuan [xũ̀ã́] vb.
(with isan: faeces): to feel the urge to defecate:
Isan khuan mwẹn“I feel the urge to defecate.”
khuankhuanankhuan [xũã́xũã́ã́xũã́] adj.; adv.
1. very close; firm:
Ọse khuankhuanankhuan ẹre iran khin“They are very close friends.”
2. very securely:
Ọ rhie ẹre lẹre khuankhuanankhuan“He hid it away very securely.”
khuarha [xwàřá] vb.
to crack open by force (e.g. of a nut).
khue [xùé] vb.
(of udu: “heart”) to pound; to beat fast:
Iran ghi mu ẹnrẹn, udu ẹre na gha khue leilei: “When they caught him, his heart was pounding very fast.”
khuẹ [xùɛ́] vb.
1. to bathe; to wash (one’s body);
2. to swim.
khuẹn [xw̃ɛ̃́] vb.
(of ifi: trap) to set:
Ọ khuẹn ifi ye iyekowa“He set a trap in the backyard.”
khuẹnniẹ [xw̃ɛ̀nyɛ̃́] vb.
to respond; to reply.
khuẹrhẹ [xwɛ̀řɛ́] vb.
1. to be soft.
2. to be easy; not difficult.
khuẹrhẹẹ [xwɛ̀řɛ̀ɛ̀] adj.
1. gentle; peaceful.
2. (of ota ― “evening”) late.
khuo [xwó] vb.
to be slippery:
Iba na khuo gbe“This slab is very slippery.”
(also miọghọn).
khui [xùí] vb.
to lock:
Khui ẹkhu nii“Lock that door”
khuia [xwyá] vb.
to become clear, (of a person):
Urhu ne ọ te din mwẹn khuia nẹ“My voice that was ‘lost’ is now clear.”
khuikhui [xwìxwí] vb.
to be black; to be dark in complexion.
khuiri [xuíɽí] adj.
describes something that is very dark.
khuiwu [xwìwù] vb.
to be jealous; to begrudge:
Ọ khuiwu ọrue ọre gbe“She is overly jealous of her mate.”
khulo [xùló] vb.
iter, or pl. sense of khu:
Ọ khulo iran hia kua“He chased all of them away.”
khuorho [xwòřó] vb.
to putrefy; to rot.:
Alimoi ne ọ de rre hia wa khuorho“The oranges that she bought here have all rotted.”
khuọn [xũ̀ɔ̃́] vb.
1. (with ọka: maize): to detach the grains from the cob:
Khuọn ọka yọ mwẹn ọkpan“Detach some corn grains (and put them) onto my plate.”
2. to pick off (of leaves or fruits from a tree);
3. to shed or be shed; to fall off: e.g. of leaves from a tree:
Ebe erhan naa hia khuọn kua nẹ“The leaves of this tree have all been shed.”
khuọnmwin [xwɔ̃̀ɱĩ́] vb.
to be sick; to be afflicted:
I ma rẹn emianmwẹn ne ọ khuọnmwin“I don’t know the ailment that afflicts him: I don’t know what he is sick of.”
khurhu [xùřú] vb.
to be thick (of sauce or soup).