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gɛrɩpɛyuoronweaver of cloth
gɛrɩsɩɩŋnbutton
gɛrɩyɩrɩŋnnice clothe, rich garment, gorgeous attire
gɛsɛvacross, horizontalKɛŋ daa la lɩɩ gɛsɛ wombiiŋ lɛ.Put that log across the road.
gɛsʋʋadjugly, oblongNyuŋ gɛsʋʋ nɛ.Your ugly head. Your oblong head.
giemiv1to talk in one's sleepƲ yie pɩna duosi aa giemi.He often talks in his sleep when he is dreaming.2to suffer from shockBile na naachigiŋ a chɩnaa giemi.When the child saw the lion, he was rooted to the spot.2.5Health
gieriv1to have saliva running out of one's mouth Ʋ pɩŋ doŋ nɛ a gieri nantʋɔrʋŋ.He slept and saliva came out of his mouth.2to grind roughlyKɛŋ mɩaa mʋ giere kɔ.Go and grind the millet roughly.
giŋvto flee, scatter (from sudden danger)Dɩŋ la kɔ, nɩalɩŋ sii gime fá.When the snake came, the people ran away in fear.
giŋgelimmiensmall bat1.6.1.1.8Bat
giŋgelimmiisɔɔŋnwarneck's asparagus1.5.3Grass, herb, vine
gire kɔ v phrto come together en masseNɩalɩŋ gire kɔ nɛ.All the people came together.
gire lɩɩ v phrto go out en masseNɩalɩŋ gire lɩɩ nɛ.All the people went out together.
giriv1to break up, knock down something (as a building)Mɩɩ chɛ mɩ giri mɩ dɩa la aŋ wasa saa.I want to knock down my house and rebuild it.2to break up (music or dance)Gʋaraa kala gire nɛ.The dancers broke up (the dance).3to stop work for a period of timeƲ giri tɩntɩŋŋaa tapʋlaa balɩa nɛ.He didn't come to work for two days.
giri, gire ... tav phrto put an end to somethingBa giri wɩɩ la ta nɛ.They have put an end to the matter.
girigiv1to scrambleNɩaa nɩɩ girigi dɩa tʋɔŋ.People are scrambling on each other in the room.2to break up, loosen, dig up Ʋ girigi tintee la a duu suonoo.He dug the soil and sowed beans.
girisivto play an introduction on the xylophoneJenduuru la paa jenduuloo a girisi jensiŋ.The xylophone player took the mallets and played an introduction.4.2.3.2Play music
gisivto be proudBile gise.The boy is proud.
gɩbɛcfkuonivto dam (in fishing)Má gɩbɛ lɩɩ la dɩ la kuoni aŋ kpʋ chenfilee.Dam up the pool and empty it to get the fish.6.4.5Fishing
gɩɛnɛv1to look out of the corner of the eye, scowl atNɩalɩŋ hɔnɔ gɩgɩɛnɛ mɩ nɛ.The people sat down and were looking at me from the corner of their eyes. 2to admireMɩ gɩɛnɛ haal la woruŋ.I like the look of that girl very much.
gɩɛsɛcfgɩrɩsɛtʋʋsɛvto insult sb. indirectly, to act surreptitiouslyMɩ bʋl wɩaa gɩgɩɛsʋ.What I said was a veiled insult against him.
gɩlv1to fade, lose colourGɛrɩ la mɩɩra gɩl nɛ.The cloth has faded.2to dye, change colourƲ joŋ gɛrɩŋ gɩl.She dyed her cloth.
gɩlɩŋgaaŋnpied crow(totem of the Tumu people)1.6.1.2Bird
gɩrɛcfsugiv1to shut, close upMɩ jaŋ gɩrɛ nadɩa.I will close up the kraal.2to be satisfiedMɩ kala nɛ gɩra.I am satisfied
gɩrɩbinendeep bush, backwoods
gɩrɩgɛvto be too tight, to be too smallMɩ gɛrɩla baŋŋaa gɩrɩgɛ mɩ nyuŋ nɛ.The neck of my shirt is too tight to go over my head.