ga1 [ '][gá] {SS::} vb. to serve: ọ ga mwẹn la
ukpo eha
“He served me for three
years.”

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ga2 [ '][gá] {SS::} vb. to be cooked; to be ready
to eat. Iyan na gae ne “This yam
is cooked.”

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gaa [ `'][gàá] {SS::} vb. to surround; to encircle
(also lẹgaa; gaga).

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gadagbaa [ ' ' ''][gádágbáá] {SS::} adj.; adv. (usu-
ally introduced by the verb ye) huge;
expansive.

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gaga1 [ ` '][gàgá] {SS::} vb. cf. gaa.

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gaga2 [ ` '][gàgá] {SM::} 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.”

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gaigai [ ` ` ][gàigài] {SS::} adv. describes a manner
of walking: with wide confident
strides.

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gaingain [ ` ` ][gã̀ĩgã̀ĩ] {SS::} adv. describes gait:
with an air of arrogance.

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gegeege [ ' '' '][gégéégé] {SS::} adv. (usually in-
troduced 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.”

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gele [ ` `][gèlè] {SS::} adv. really; indeed; actual-
ly: Ọ gele sẹ evba “He actually
reached there.”

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gelegele [ ` ` ` `][gèlègèlè] {SS::} adv. in fact; in
truth.

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geletee [ ' ' ''][gélétéé] {SS::} adv.; adj. (usually in-
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troduced by the vb. yo, or ye), de-
scribes height, very high (also golotoo).

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gẹdẹgbẹẹ [ ' ' ''][gɛ́dɛ́gbɛ́ɛ́] {SS::} adv.; adj. (usu-
ally introduced by the vb. ye) de-
scribes size: very big, very bulky.

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gẹdẹgẹdẹ [ ` ` ` `][gɛ̀dɛ̀gɛ̀dɛ̀] {SS::} adv. usually
used as an emphatic modifier after
personal prons.: me gẹdẹgẹdẹ?:
“my very self?” i.e. do you actually
mean me?

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gẹngẹnẹngẹn [ ' '' '][gɛ̃́gɛ̃́ɛ̃́gɛ̃́] {SS::} adv. (usually
introduced by the vb. ye) very tight;
bloated ― Ẹko ẹre ye gẹngẹnẹngẹn
“His belly looks bloated.”

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gẹnnẹ [ ' '][gɛ̃́nɛ̃́] {SS::} adv. not at all: Erhọkpa
ma de fua gẹnnẹ
“None dropped
at all.”

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gi [ '][gí] {SS::} 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).

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gia [ `'][gìá] {SS::} 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).

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giagia [ ` '][gyàgyá] {SS::} vb. cf. gia.

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giagha [ ` '][gyàɣá] {SS::} 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.”

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giangiangian [ ` ` `][gỹã̀gỹã̀gỹã̀] {SS::} adv.; adj.
(usually introduced by the verbs,
baa or ye) very bright; brightly-
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gianranran [ ` ` `][gỹã̀ɽã̀ɽã̀] {SS::} adv.; adj. 1.
(with the verb tu): describes sound:
the cry of a very young infant, es-
pecially at birth or during a bath; 2.
(with ye): describes size: very tiny
and numerous.

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giasẹn [ `' `][gìásɛ̃̀] {SS::} vb. “to spit saliva”: 1.
to spit; 2. to pronounce a curse or
evil wish on a person.

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gidigbo-gidigbo [ ' ' ` ' ' `][gídígbògídígbò] {SS:int:} int.
a formula pronounced at the initia-
tion of a wrestling match by one of
the contending pairs.

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gidigidi1 [ ` ` ` `][gìdìgìdì] {SS::} adj.; adv. (usu-
ally introduced by the verb ye) de-
scribes size: big and thick or strong
(e.g. of yams; or human legs).

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gidigidi2 [ ` ` ` `][gìdìgìdì] {SS::} adv. ; adj. (usu-
ally introduced by the verb baa)
describes flame: blazing hot.

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gidigbi [ ` ` `][gìdìgbì] {SS::} adv; firm and strong.

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gie [ '][gyé] {SS::} vb. to send: Ọ gie ẹre Ẹdo
“He sent him to Benin.”

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gie1 [ `'][gìé] {SS::} vb. to describe; to show:
Ọ gie odẹ ma mwẹn “He described
the road to me; he showed me the
way”
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gie2 [ `'][gìé] {SS::} vb. to compare: (usually
occurs with a pre-verb ya) Ya ọna
gie ọnii
“Compare this with that.”

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gie3 [ `'][gìé] {SS::} vb. to spit (e.g. of a snake
such as the spitting cobra).

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gie4 [ `'][gìé] {SS::} vb. to affect (of certain
sickness): Uruvba gie ẹre akharha
“Boil has affected his thigh: he has
a boil on his thigh.”

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gie [ `][gyè] {SS:loc:} prep. indicates a direction:
towards; to: Rhie ígho gie Ozo
“Take the money to Ozo”
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giẹ1 [ '][gyɛ́] {SS::} vb. to laugh.

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giẹ2 [ `'][gìɛ́] {SS::} vb. to rip off, or tear off:
abọ ukpọn mwẹn giẹre the edge
of my cloth has ripped off
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giẹgiẹ1 [ ` '][gyɛ̀gyɛ́] {SS::} vb. to tear to bits;
to break into pieces.

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giẹgiẹ2 [ `' `][gìɛ́gyɛ̀] {SS::} vb. to make haste; to
be fast: giẹgiẹ rri ọre “Eat it fast.”

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giẹghẹ [ ` '][gyɛ̀ɣɛ́] {SS::} vb. to be small (of
many objects), in size, rather than
quantity: tiny.

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giẹghẹgiẹghẹ [ ` ` ` `][gyɛ̀ɣɛ̀gyɛ̀ɣɛ̀] {SS::} adj.; adv.
(usually introduced by the verb, ye)
describes size: very small; tiny. (of
many objects). (also giẹnrẹn or giẹrẹ).

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giẹn [ '][g̃ɛ̃́] {SS::} vb. to burn.

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giẹngiẹn [ ` '][gỹɛ̃̀gỹɛ̃́] {SM::} 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.

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giẹnrẹn [ ` `][gỹɛ̃̀ɽ̃ɛ̃̀] {SS::} adj.; adv. (usually in-
troduced by the verb ye): very small;
tiny, (of many objects). (also
guẹnrẹnrẹn).

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giẹrẹ [ ` `][gyɛ̀ɽɛ̀] {SS::} adj.; adv. cf. giẹnrẹn.

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gilọgilọ [ ' ' ' '][gílɔ́gílɔ́] {SS::} adj.; adv. (usually
introduced by the verb ye) describes
appearance: tall and thin. (also fiofio).

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gin [ '][gĩ́] {SS::} vb. to leak.

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ginna [ ` '][gĩ̀nã́] {SS::} adv. against; to: Ọ gba
ẹre ginna erhan
“He tied
him to a tree”
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giogiogio [ ` ` `][gyògyògyò] {SS::} adj.; adv.
(with the vb. baa) bright red. 2. (with
the vb. tọn). very hot.

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girri/grri [ ` ` `][gìrì/grì] {SS::} adv. describes mo-
tion: sudden or unexpected motion.

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go [ '][gó] {SS::} vb. to shout, to scream (also
so).

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gogoogo1 [ ' '' '][gógóógó] {SS::} adj.; adv. (with
the verb, so): describes noise: very
loud. 2. (with the verb yo): very
high.

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gokaan [ ' ''][gókã́ã́] {SS::} adv.; adj (usually with
the verb ye) describes appearance:
very tall and clumsy.

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golotoo [ ' ' ''][gólótóó] {SS::} adv; adj. (usually with
the verb yo or tan) very tall.

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gọ [ '][gɔ́] {SS::} vb. (in the active sense): to
bend or curve; (in the stative sense):
to be bent, curved or crooked.

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gọlọ [ ` '][gɔ̀lɔ́] {SS::} vb. to walk gracefully.

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gọlọgọlọ [ ` ` ` `][gɔ̀lɔ̀gɔ̀lɔ̀] {SS::} adv. describes a
manner of walking: with graceful
gait.

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gọn-ugie [ `' `][gɔ̃̀ṹgyè] {SS::} vb. to worship; to
hold the festival of.

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gọngọnọngọn [ ` `` `][gɔ̃̀gɔ̃̀ɔ̃̀gɔ̃̀] {SS::} adv; adj. des-
cribes appearance: pointed or angular.

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gu1 [ '][gú] {SS::} co-verb to accompany in doing;
to help in doing: Ọ gu erhae winna
“He worked with his father.”

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gu2 [ '][gú] {SS::} vbl part cf. gi.

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gu-dẹ [ ` '][gùdɛ́] {SS::} vb. “to help buy”: 1.
to assist in buying; 2. to buy from.

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gu-dia [ ` `'][gùdìá] {SS::} vb. to live with (usually
as a ward or servant).
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gu-guan [ ` `'][gùgũ̀ã́] {SS::} vb. to speak with;
to speak to.

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gu-gui [ ` '][gùgwí] {SS::} vb. “to quarrel with”:
to scold; to query.

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gu-gbinna [ ` ` '][gùgbĩ̀nã́] {SS::} vb. “to fight
with”.

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gua1 [ `'][gùá] {SM::} vb. 1. to adulterate; to
admix (also guagua).

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gua2 [ `'][gùá] {SS::} vb. (< guẹ-vbe-a-ya): to
know how (to do something); always
occurs as a first member of serial verb
constructions. (also guara).

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gua1 [ '][gwá] {SS::} vb. to row (a boat). (also
guokọ).

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gua2 [ '][gwá] {SM::} vb. 1. to dig; 2. to plant
pieces of yam or cassava in prepared
heaps of soil.

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gua3 [ '][gwá] {SS::} vb. (of space) to be capable
of accommodating; to have enough
room for. Emwanna gha gua ima
“This place can accommodate us.”

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gua4 [ '][gwá] {SS::} vb. (with ehien) to scratch
or tear (with finger nails).

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gua5 [ '][gwá] {SS::} vb. (with kpaọ) to rise; to
swell.

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gualọ [ ` '][gwàlɔ́] {SM::} vb. 1. to look for; to
search; Ọ gha gualọ igho “He is
looking for money”
(also hoo).

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guagua [ ` '][gwàgwá] {SS::} vb. to admix (cf.
gua1 (vb)).

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guan [ `'][gũ̀ã́] {SS::} vb. to speak; to say some-
thing.

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gue1 [ `'][gùé] {SM::} vb. 1. to cover; to put a
lid on; 2. to shut; to close: Ọ gue
unu nẹ
“He has shut mouth: he
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gue2 [ '][gwé] {SM::} 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”
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guemwin [ ` '`][gwèɱĩ́ĩ̀] {SS::} vb. “^^to know some-
thing”: to be skilled; to be proficient.

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guero [ ` '][gwèɽó] {SS::} vb. (< guẹ ― ero) “to
know tricks”: to be cunning.

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guẹ [ '][gwɛ́] {SS::} vb. to know; to be skilled
at something.

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gue [ `'][gùɛ́] {SS::} vb. to make sacrifice to
one’s head during the Iguẹ ceremony;
(also ruhunmwun).

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guẹnrẹnrẹn [ ` ` `][gwɛ̃̀ɽɛ̃̀ɽɛ̃̀] {SS::} adj.; adv. (cf.
giẹghẹgiẹghẹ).

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guẹzẹ [ ' `][gwɛ́zɛ̀] {SS::} vb. “to row river”: to
cross a river by boat.

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guẹzẹguẹzẹ [ ` ` ` `][gwɛ̀zɛ̀gwɛ̀zɛ̀] {SS::} adv. (usu-
ally with the verb rhia or kulo): de-
scribes degree: completely; totally;
entirely. Ọmọ na wa kulo guẹzẹguẹzẹ
“This child is spoiled completely.
i.e. The child is very badly behaved.”

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gui1 [ '][gwí] {SM::} vb. 1. to quarrel; to have
a disagreement. ma vbe ọre gui
“He and I are quarrelling”
; 2. to
complain; to be displeased with:
gui ighẹ i ma tuẹ ọre
“He is com-
plaining 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
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gui2 [ '][gwí] {SS::} vb. to drone; to mutter
indistinctly.

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guiẹzo [ ' ][gwyɛ́zɔ] {SM::} vb. 1. (< gui-ẹzo) to
argue a case. 2. to complain.
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gukaan [ ` ``][gùkã̀ã̀] {SS::} adj.; adv. (with tota):
clumsily, as if collapsing.

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gulugulu [ ' ' ' '][gúlúgúlú] {SS::} adj.; adv. (usu-
ally with dinmwin or ye) very deep;
(of eyes): sunken.

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gunu [ ` '][gùnṹ] {SS::} vb. “to shut mouth”: to
keep quiet; to shut up.

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guo [ `'][gùó] {SS::} vb. to collapse; to break
down.

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guobọ [ ` '][gwòbɔ́] {SS::} vb. “to know hand”:
to be accustomed to; to understand
(somebody or something).
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guokọ [ ` '][gwòkɔ́] {SS::} vb. to row or sail a
boat.

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guọ [ '][gwɔ́] {SS::} vb. to tremble; to shiver.

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guọghọ [ ` '][gwɔ̀ɣɔ́] {SM::} 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.

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guọnmwengbe [ ` ` '][guɔ̃̀ɱẽ̀g͡bé] {SS::} vb. to
turn away abruptly (as if in protest).

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guọnmwẹn [ ` '][guɔ̃̀ɱɛ̃́] {SM::} vb. 1. to move
abruptly or suddenly; 2. (of a dog’s
tail): to wag.

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