Vernacular - English
gbiele game, play, amusement gbieli cf chɩ́ŋ 1 play, have fun Laa gbielu nɛ. We are playing. 2 to flirt Baalla arɩ ʋ hɩɩla nɩɩ gbieli dɩa lɛ. The young man and his girlfriend are flirting in the house. gbieli dɔŋɔ 1 playmate 2 people in a joking relationship gbieni to crawl Bile gbieni tinteeŋ nɛ. The child crawled on the floor. gbieni... sɩpaaŋ plead, beg La yie gbieni ŋ sɩpaaŋ nɛ. We are pleading you to forgive us, gbig gbig noise made when sb. hits a person or an object with a stick Ʋ ŋmoo mɩ harɩŋ lɛ nɛ gbig. He hit my back. gbil blunt Sɩa la gbile nɛ The knife is blunt. gbilli cf laarɛ lɛnnɛ to search Ŋ joŋ mɩ gɛrɩŋ kaa mʋ dɩa, mɩ jaŋ mʋ gbilli ŋ dɩa. If you take my dress home I will come and search your house. gbɔɔ half, not full, incomplete Kuorimɩaa bɔtɔ la gbɔbɔ nɛ. The maize bag is not full. gbu 1 chew the cud, to vomit deliberately Nɛŋ gbu kɩaa chɩchaŋ nɛ. The cow chewed the cud. 2 to come out forcefully, gush out Pɔmpɩ naaŋ yɛrɛ nɛ lɩɩŋ gbu lɩlɩɩ. The pipe-line is broken, and water is gushing out. gburo gburo to change colour Nayɩl la nɛ tɩɩ tii la ŋaa gburo gburo ŋɩɩ. The tea has changed its colour because of the milk. gbʋl gbʋl gbʋl swiftly Lɩɩ la pɛllɛ gbʋl gbʋl gbʋl. The water is flowing swiftly. gbʋna gbʋna muddy (water) Lɩɩ la ŋaa gbʋna gbʋna nɛ. The water is muddy. gbʋra gbʋra to change colour Lɩɩ la kala ŋaa gbʋra gbʋra nɛ. All of the water is changing its colour. gbʋsʋmɛ in abundance Nammɩa gbʋsʋmɛ jaŋ kala nɛ. There was plenty of meat in the village. geem cf deeŋ deeŋ halɩɩ wuu for a very long time Mɩ gbɛrʋ aŋ ka ʋ ŋaa geem dɩa lɛ. I waited for him but he stayed for long in the house. gel gel light-footed Ʋ fá gel gel. He is running light-footed. geliŋgeliŋ cf godo bed, hammock, stretcher genni to walk proudly, majestically Kuoro laalɛ ʋ gɛrɩbalɩŋ a lɩɩ gigenni. The chief wore his gown and walked about majestically.