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Glossary of Swahili Nouns

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abiria
passenger
ada
fee, duty, tradition
adabu
good manners
adha
worry, nagging
adhama
glory
adhuhuri
noon
adui
an enemy
afa
calamity, bad-sign
afisa
officer
afisi
office
afua
deliverance
afya
health
afyuni
opium
agano
agreement, covenant
agizo
directions, orders
ahadi
promise
ahera
afterlife
aibu
disgrace
aila
family
aili
a blame, fault
aina
kind, type, classification
ajabu
a wonder
ajali
fate
ajili
sake
akiba
reserve, savings
akili
intelligence
ala
tool, weapon, instrument
alama
mark, sign, symbol
alasiri
afternoon
alfajiri
just before dawn
Alhamisi
Thursday
almasi
diamond
amali
occupation, habit
amana
pledge, deposit
amani
peace
ambukizo
infection
ami
paternal uncle
amri
orders, commands
anasa
worldly pleasures
maandamano
a procession/parade
maandisha
writings
anga
sky, heavens
ankra
bill, invoice
apizo
curse
arbuni
deposit
ardhi
land, ground
ari
self-respect
arusi
wedding
asali
honey
asherati
fornicator
maasi
sinners
maasia
sins
asili
origin
askari
guard, policeman
askofu
bishop
asubuhi
morning
athari
effect, mark
auni
help, aid, assistance
awali
the beginning
aya
verse, paragraph
ayari
cheat, swindler
azali
eternity
azima
a fetish from a witchdoctor
azimio
intention, plan
azizi
a precious, loveable, esteemed person
baa
disaster, plague
baba
father
baba mkubwa
paternal uncle
babu
grandfather
badala
a substitute
badiliko
change
bahari
sea
baharia
sailor
bahasha
envelope, bag
bahati
luck, chance
bahili
a miser
baiskeli
bicycle
baki
remainder
bakora
walking stick
bakshishi
tip or small bribe
bakuli
basin
balozi
consul; ambassador
banda
barn, shed, hut
bandari
harbor
bandia
home-made doll
banghi
marijuana
banzi
a spit for roasting
bao
board for a game or divination
bapa
a broad flat surface
bara
a continent; mainland
barabara
road, highway
baradhuli
simpleton
barafu
ice
baragumu
horn
baraka
blessing, prosperity
baraza
verandah, public meeting
baridi
cold, coolness
barua
letter
baruti
gunpowder
kubashiri
to predict, to bring news
bastola
pistol
bata
duck
bata la bukini
goose
bata mzinga
turkey
mabati
iron roofing sheets
bawa
wing
bawaba
a hinge
bawabu
doorman
berebu
billy goat, bad colonist
bega
a shoulder
behewa
an inner courtyard, train compartment
bei
price
bendera
flag, banner
beti
small leather pouch, verse or stanza
bia
a cooperation, beer
biashara
commerce
bibi
grandmother, lady, wife, woman
Biblia
Bible
bidhaa
merchandise
bidii
energy, effort
bikari
drawing compass
bikira
virgin
bilauri
a glass, a tumbler
bilingani
an aubergine
bima
insurance
binadamu
"son-of-Adam", human being
bindo
fold of a loincloth used as a pocket
bingwa
expert, specialist
bintia
daughter
birika
kettle, cistern
bisi
popcorn
bisibisi
screwdriver
biwi
rubbish heap
bizari
curry powder
blanketi
blanket
boga
pumpkin
bohari
a warehouse
boma
a fort, government office
bomba
pump, pipe, chimney
bonde
valley
bonge
a lump, ball of string
boriti
a thick pole, beam
borongo
spoiled work
bua
stem of maize, millet, etc.
buba
yaws
bubu
dummy
budi
a way out
buibui
spider, woman's covering cloak
bumba
a lump, cluster, swarm of bees
bumbuazi
perplexity, helpless confusion
bunda
a parcel, a bale
bundi
an owl
bunduki
a gun, rifle
Bunge
parliament
buni
coffee berries
burashi
a brush
busara
prudence, wisdom
bustani
garden
buu
maggot, grub
buyu
a calabash
bwana
sir, Lord, mister
bwawa
a swamp or bog
bweni
dormitory
bweta
smal box
chafuko
chaos, disorder
chafya
a sneeze
chai
tea
chaki
chalk
chakula
food
chale
incision or tribal marking
chama
club or society
chambo
bait
chamchela
whirlwind
chamshakinywa
breakfast
chandalua
mosquito net
changarawe
gravel, pebbles
chango
peg, hook
chano
a wooden tray
chanuo
a big comb
chanzo
a beginning, an initial payment
chapa
a brand or mark
chatu
python
chawa
louse
chaza
an oyster
cheche
a spark
chelezo
a raft or buoy
chembe
a grain
chemchemi
a spring of water
chengachenga
bits of grain
chenza
tangerine
cheo
size, rank
chepe
a coarse, ill-bred person (redneck)
cherehani
sewing machine
chetezo
a censer
cheti
a pass, a certificate
chicha
grated coconut
chokaa
lime, whitewash
choko choko
discord, mischief
chombo
instrument or utensil
chongo
one-eyed person
choo
outhouse, loo, toilet
choroke
small peas
choyo
greed
chozi
a tear drop
chuchu
a teat, nipple
chunguu
an ant hill
chui
leopard, tiger
chujio
a strainer
chuki
hatred, resentment
chuma
iron, steel
chumba
room
chumo
earnings
chumvi
salt
chungu
an ant, a heap, a throng
chungu ya watu
a crowd, a throng
chungwa
orange (fruit)
chuo
a book, a school
chuo kikuu
college or university
chupa
bottle or flask
chura
a frog
daawa
lawsuit
dada
sister
dafina
treasure
daftari
an account book or ledger
dafu
unripe coconut
dai
a claim
dakika
minute
daktari
doctor
dalali
auctioneer or broker
dalili
a sign
damu
blood
damu ya mwezi
menstrual period
danganyo
a deception
danguro
brothel
daraja
a bridge, steps, rank
madaraka
responsibilities
darasa
class, classroom
dari
ceiling or flat roof
darubini
telescope
dau
dhow
dawa
medicine
dawa ya mapenzi
love potion
dawa ya viatu
shoe-polish
debe
four gallon oil tin
dema
fish trap
dengu
lentils
deni
a debt
ndereva
driver

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