la1 [lá] vb.
1. to pass; to take (i.e. a certain way); to cross.
Edinran u lae ra odọ?“Was it this way you took or the other (way)?”
2. to expire; to be out-dated:
Ẹghẹ ọre la ne; a i ghi ru ẹe: Its time has passed; it is no longer done
la2 [lá] vb.
to be loud; to resound:
Urhu ẹre la sẹ ọghomwẹn“His voice is louder than mine.”
la3 [lá] vb.
1. to emit pus (e.g. of an infected ear):
Ehọ ọre la: “His ear is giving off pus”
2. to produce water; to run (of a faucet):
Ọgba ne ọ rre owa na i la“The tap in this house does not run.”
la4 [lá] idiom.
(as part of a clan greeting): the first part of a clan greeting, such as “Lamogun”; “Laani” etc., which is used by younger or junior people to their elders and superiors as part of the morning greeting. The greetings may also be used on other occasions to extend respect, deference or goodwill.
laa [làá] vb.
to haul or carry many things, individually:
yaa laa iyan na laọ owa“Go and carry each of those yams into the house”
ladian [làdã̀ã́] vb.
to come out; to appear.
Ọ ladian vbe iyekowa“He appeared in the backyard”
lagha [làɣá] vb.
to dangle; to hang:
Obọ ovbuẹ lagha fua vbe uwu ukpọn“Your child’s arm is dangling from the cloth” (i.e. the cloth with which the child is tied behind his mother.)
laghalagha [làɣàlàɣà] adv.; adj.
describes something that is dangling.
Abọ ọre ne ọ bunrun de rrọọ laghalagha“The branch of it that was broken hung in a dangling form.”
lahọ [làhɔ́] vb.
Lahọ, mu mẹ“Please, help me to lift the load on my head.”
lalọ [làlɔ́] vb.
to lick:
Ọ lalọ uwọnmwẹn foo nẹ“He has finished licking the soup.”
laọ [làɔ́] vb.
1. to enter (e.g. into a house):
Ọ ma laọ uwowa vbe ọ sẹ emwan“He did not come into the house when he got here”
: (also lao);
2. prep. occurs after verbs such as rhie, mu, viọ, etc., to mean “into”:
Ọ mu ihẹ ọre laọ owa“He carried his load into the house.”
le1 [lé] vb.
1. to cook food; to prepare food:
Ọ gua le ere“She knows how to cook beans.”
2. to immunize with charms.
le2 [lé] vb.
to be very dirty; to be filthy:
Te ughugha ere le“His room is filthy”
lee [lèé] vb.
(used with yan) to insult somebody with abuses and belittling gestures:
Ọ lee yan rẹn“She rained abuses on him and belittled him with gestures.”
(also leghe).
lele1 [lèlé] vb.
1. to follow; to accompany:
Ọ lele erhae gha rrie ugbo“He followed his father to the farm.”
lele2 [lèlé] vb.
1. to roam; to wander:
Ọ lele ẹvbo hia khian“He is travelling through every country”
2. to be everywhere:
Utun wa lele ehehia vbe ugbo na“There are mushrooms everywhere in this farm.”
lele3 [lèlé] prep.
1. along; with:
Ọ viẹ lele ẹre dee“He is crying along with him as they approach”
(i.e. either he alone is crying or they are both crying);
2. after:
Ọ rhulẹ lele ẹre dee“She is running after him as he approaches”
(i.e. he is ahead of her, and not running. If he were also running with her, then the meaning of lele in the sentence would be “along” or “with” rather than “after”).
lẹẹ1 [lɛ̀ɛ́] vb.
to flee; to run away:
Ọyi nii lẹẹre“That thief fled.”
; 2. (of river) to flow.
lẹẹ2 [lɛ̀ɛ́] vb.
to run (off colour); to wash off colour; to be non-colourfast.
Ukpọn na lẹẹ“This cloth runs”
lẹgaa [lɛ̀gàá] vb.
to surround; to go around. 2. as a prep. it means “around”:
Ọ gba ogba legaa owa re“He built a fence around his house.”
lẹlẹẹlẹ [lɛ́lɛ́ɛ́lɛ́] adj.
(with ye) huge; very big:
Ọmọ ne ọ biẹe ye lẹlẹẹlẹ“The baby she gave birth to is very big.”
lẹre [lɛ̀ɽé] vb.
to hide:
Ọ lẹre ye iyeke ẹkhu“He hid behind the door.”
lẹu [lɛ̀u] adv.
describes the sound made by a heavy object when it drops and hits the ground.
Ọ de lẹu“It fell heavily”
lẹulẹu [lɛ́úlɛ́u] adj.
large-sized, huge:
Iran hia ye lẹulẹu“They are all bigger than average size”
lẹvbo [lɛ́ʋò] vb.
(< la ― ẹvbo) “to pass town”: to roam through town; to perambulate.
lighi [lìɣí] vb.
1. to tangle (e.g. of a string);
2. to disrupt; to disturb peace (e.g. of a gathering):
Ọ lighi iko ne iran do ruaHe disrupted the meeting that they were holding
likpalikpa [lìk͡pàlìk͡pà] adj.; adv.
describes a rough surface, or a lumpy substance:
Aro ọre ye likpalikpa“His face is not smooth.”
logho [lòɣó] vb.
1. to be watery (of a solution):
Uwonmwẹn na logho gbe“This soup is too watery: it is not thick enough.”
2. to be slack; not tight:
Ewu na logho vbe egbe mwẹn“This dress is too slack on me.”^
(also kpogho). loghologho ― watery; 3 loose.
loo [lòó] vb.
1. to use:
Erọ mwẹn ẹre ọ looro ya fiaẹn“It was my knife that he used to cut it.”
2. to spend (e.g. time; money; etc.).
Uzọla eva ẹre ọ looro vbe evba nii“Two weeks was what he spent in that town.”
Ọ loo ígho hia ne ọ guẹe foo“He spent all the money that he had.”
lore [lóé] vb.
to roam; to walk about (also lẹvbo).
lọ [lɔ́] vb.
1. to grind:
Ọ lọ ẹhiẹn: She ground pepper
2. to sharpen:
lọ erọ na mẹ“Sharpen this knife for me.”
3. (idiomatic): to be a witch.
lọọ [lɔ̀ɔ́] vb.
1. to press clothes with an iron:
Ọ gha lọọ ewu ne ọ khian yọ“She is pressing the dress that she will wear.”
2. to press over or hit with something heavy:
Ọ ya odo lọọ ọre obọ“She pressed over her hand with the mortar.”
lọghọ1 [lɔ̀ɣɔ́] vb.
1. to be difficult; to be taxing:
Iwinna na lọghọ gbe“This work is very difficult.”
2. to cause suffering or agony:
Uhunmwonva na waa lọghọ mwẹnThis sickness is really causing me a lot of agony
lọghọ2 [lɔ̀ɣɔ́] vb.
to dangle (cf. lagha).
lọghọlọghọ [lɔ̀ɣɔ̀lɔ̀ɣɔ̀] adv.; adj.
cf. laghalagha.
lọlọ [lɔ̀lɔ́] vb.
iter. of lọọ2:
Ọ ya ekpa lọlọ ọre arọ“He pounded his face with blows (from his fist).”
lue [lùé] vb.
to chew:
lue unu“to chew mouth”; “to munch”
luẹluẹ [lwɛ̀lwɛ́] vb.
1. (of plants) to wither;
2. to be fatigued.
lughaẹn [lúɣãɛ̃̀] vb.
to be different; to be unique:
Ọna ọ lughaẹn vbe uwu iran“This is the unique one among them.”
lughu [lùɣú] vb.
to stir up; to disturb:
Ọ lughu amẹ nii“She stirred up the water”
. 2. to be unsettled; to be turbulent:
Ẹko mwẹn lughu ne i na rhulẹ“My stomach became unsettled because I ran.”
luluulu [lúlúúlú] adj.; adv.
cf. lẹlẹẹlẹ.
lurho [lúřò] vb.
“to pass gates”: to go from door to door.; to make the round of houses.