wa [wà] pron.
a form of the 2nd pers. pl. pron.: you.:
Wa ghẹ gui“You (pl.) don’t be angry: Don’t be angry.”
waa1 [wàá] vb.
1. to lay out; to display; to spread out:
Ọ waa emwin ne ọ khiẹn ye atẹtẹ“She displayed what she was selling on a straw tray.”
2. to divide into parts or groups:
Ọ waa iran ye ihi-eha“She divided them into three parts.”
waa2 [wàá] vb.
to castrate (e.g. goat or dog).
waa3 [wàá] vb.
(in wabọ) “to exterminate” (the branches or offspring):
A wabọ ọre“His lineage has been exterminated.”
A gha wabuaa (a common curse) “May your lineage be exterminated.”
waan1 [wã̀ã́] vb.
1. to grow up; to mature:
Ọ ma he waan“She is not yet matured.”
waan2 [wã̀ã́] vb.
to be wise; to be intelligent:
Ọvbokhan na waan gbe“This child is very intelligent.”
waan3 [wã̀ã́] vb.
(of the day) to dawn; to grow light:
Ẹdẹ waan nẹ“The day has dawned.”
wagha [wàɣá] vb.
to disintegrate; to crumble:
Ukpudu umwẹn ne ọ mu mwẹn wagha ye ọre obọ“The lump of salt that she was holding has crumbled in her hands.”
waghawagha [wàɣàwàɣà] adj.
wanmẹ [w̃ã́mɛ̃̀] vb.
(< wọn ― amẹ) to drink water.
wannawanna [w̃ã̀nã̀wã̀nã̀] adj.; adv.
describes anything with a sheen; flashy:
Ọ fi wannawanna“It is shining brightly”
Ọ ye wannawanna“It is flashy”
wanniẹ [w̃ã̀nỹɛ̃́] vb.
1. to respond; to reply.;
2. to argue with:
Ohan i gi a wanniẹ ọnrẹn ẹmwẹn“One does not argue with him for fear.”
wannọ [w̃ã̀nɔ̃́] vb.
to isolate; to separate:
Ọ wannọ iran“He separated them.”
wanwan [w̃ã́w̃ã̀] adv.
right now (cf. wanwanna).
wanwanna [w̃ã́w̃ã́nã́] adv.
just now; right now:
Wanwanna ọ kpaọ“He left only just now.”
(also wanwan).
wanwanwan [w̃ã̀w̃ã̀w̃ã̀] adj.; adv.
cf. wannawanna.
we [wé] vb.
to order (something); to send for something from the market:
Ọ we mwẹn izẹ“She ordered for rice through me.”
wee1 [wèé] vb.
1. to open by lifting the lid; to uncover:
Ọ wee ọkpan ne ọ ghe emwin ne ọ rọọ“He opened the dish to see what is in it.”
2. (of hat) to lift off (from the head);
3. (of book) to open.
wee2 [wèé] vb.
1. (of a crowd) to shout in applause; to shout in unison.;
2. to shout upon in contempt (e.g. a thief or criminal); to boo at:
Iran gha wee oyi nii khian“They are booing the thief along.”
wegbe [wègbé] vb.
to be strong; to be energetic.
werriegbe [wèriègbé] vb.
to turn back; to go back; to return:
Ọ werriegbe gha rrie ẹvbo ẹre“He went back to his country”
; (with another verb in a serial construction, it usually has the adverbial meaning of “again”).
werriẹ [wèriɛ́] vb.
to roll; to turn over:
Ọ werriẹ fi uvun“He rolled into a hole.”
wẹẹ [wɛ́ɛ̀] vb.
to say (usually doesn’t require a complementizer):
ọ wẹẹ ọ foo nẹ“He said (that) it is finished.”
wẹiwẹi [wɛ́iwɛ́i] adv.; adj.
1. (of a walk): briskly; with agility;
2. describes tiny or under-sized objects.
wẹnrẹn [w̃ɛ̃̀ɽ̃ɛ̃́] vb.
thin, narrow, lean.
wẹro [wɛ́ɽò] vb.
to be resourceful; sensible.
wẹwẹ [wɛ̀wɛ́] vb.
to drizzle.
wẹwẹrhẹ [wɛ́wɛ́řɛ́] adj.
wide and shallow.
wẹwẹwẹ [wɛ́wɛ́wɛ́] adj.
(of speech or talk) whispered;
wia [wìá] vb.
to smell:
ehe hia wia“Everywhere is smelling.”
wie [wìé] vb.
to collapse; to fall in a heap:
Ekẹn wie rhu iran“The wall collapsed on them.”
wiẹn [w̃ỹɛ̃́] vb.
1. to wear out something (to use roughly);
2. to be worn (e.g. from friction, or from being rubbed against something else);
3. to be rumpled:
Ukpọn mwẹn hia wiẹnrẹn vbe ẹkpẹtin“All my clothes are rumpled in the box.”
wii [wìí] vb.
to get lost; to be missing:
Igho mwẹn wiiri“My money is missing.”
wika [wíkà] vb.
1. to struggle along; to make a great effort:
Ọ wika lele iran“He struggled to keep up with them.”
2. to be hardened; to be tough:
Ọ wika gbe“He is very tough.”
winhin [w̃ĩ̀hĩ́] vb.
to scent; to give off a pleasant smell (e.g. of food).
Uwọnmwẹn ne ọ le wa winhin sẹ ediran“The soup she is cooking has scented this far.”
winna [w̃ĩ̀nã́] vb.
to work; to labour:
Ọ winna gbe“He works very hard.”
wio [wìó] vb.
1. to slip out (e.g. of beads on a string); to drop from a string:
Emiegbe mwẹn wioro“My beads have dropped from the string.”
(also used of things tied together.)
wiolo [wyòló] vb.
pl. or iter. sense of wio:
Owẹe hia wioloo kua vbe irri“All the broomsticks have slipped off from the rope.”
wo [wó] vb.
1. to be strong; to be tough:
Erhan na ma wo“This wood is not strong”
2. to be difficult; to be hard:
Iwinna na ghá wo“This work will be hard.”
3. (of certain fruit, e.g. plantain, coconut) to be mature; to be ready to pick:
Ọghẹdẹ na ghá kpẹe ọ ke wo“This plantain will take a while to become mature.”
wogho [wòɣó] vb.
(of a crowd) to make noise ―
“Iran gha wogho yọ mwan ehọ”^“They are making noise in one’s ears.”
wooo [wòòò] adv.
1. describes a continuous dull but intense (e.g. from pepper) pain ―
Ọ balọ wooo“It hurts persistently”
2. describes the glow of red-hot logs:
Ọ baa wooo“It glows warmly.”
worua [wòɽùá] vb.
to become cool; to cool down. (cf. furre).
wowowo [wòwòwò] adv.
1. brightly-burning fire; or
2. the taste of a peppery-hot soup. (cf. wooo).
wọn [wɔ̃́] vb.
to drink:
Ọ wọn ukhunmwun“He drank medicine.”
(cf. wanmẹ).
wọnwọnwọn [w̃ɔ̃̀w̃ɔ̃̀w̃ɔ̃̀] adv.; adj.
describes a greasy look.
wọọ [wɔ̀ɔ́] vb.
to tire, to be fatigued;
Egbe wọọ mwẹn“Body has fatigued me: I am tired.”
wọọrọ [wɔ̀ɔ̀ɽɔ̀] adj.; vb.
long; extended; tall.
wu [wú] vb.
1. to die:
Amwẹn ọnrẹn wuru“His wife died.”
2. to break (e.g. of glass, china, mirror, bottle, etc.)
Ọgọ-amẹ wuru“The waterbottle broke.”
wua [wùá] vb.
to forbid; to be tabooed.
Ma wua egilẹ“We forbid (the eating of) snails.”
wulo [wùló] vb.
pl. and iter. sense of wu:
Iran hia wulo“They all died.”
wuo [wùó] vb.
to rub on:
Ọ ya ori wuo egbe“She rubbed her body with cream.”