NVS Pidgin Dictionary

.Word

.Entry Type

.Entry

Contributor

abeg, abegi

definition

please; also signifying impatience

Wale Akin

abeg, abegi

example

Gif me ya phone, abeg

Wale Akin

abeg, abegi

translation

Give your phone, please

Wale Akin

abeg, abegi

example

Abegi, go tell dem now!

Osibinaebi

abeg, abegi

translation

Hurry up and tell them!

Osibinaebi

aboki

definition

Hausa artisan, typically a mai-guard, suya seller, etc. (from the Hausa word meaning 'friend')

Elgaxton

aboki

example

Abeg call dat Aboki make e shine my shoe

Elgaxton

aboki

translation

Please call that Hausa man

Elgaxton

afraid

definition

fear

Sandy Baby

afraid

example

Afraid catch me

Sandy Baby

afraid

translation

I was afraid

Sandy Baby

agaracha

definition

person who goes from place to place

Vade Mecum

agbari

definition

bully, cheat, behave like a cheat

Elgaxton

agbari

example

Osibi, make u no dey form agbari for here o

Elgaxton

agbari

translation

Osibi, don't exhibit bullying behaviour here

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

air-commodo

definition

wizard

Wale Akin

aircon

definition

good living (from air-conditioner unit, which is usually found in the houses of the wealthy

Vade Mecum

aircon

example

Aircon wan kill di man

Vade Mecum

aircon

translation

The man is enjoying excessive good living

 

airforce officer

definition

witch

Vade Mecum

akamu

definition

custard like meal made from maize

Vade Mecum

akanchawa

definition

time of fortune

Vade Mecum

akanchawa

example

Di man win lottery come jam im akanchawa

Vade Mecum

akanchawa

translation

The man won the lottery and met his good fortune

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

akpeteshi

definition

ogogoro

Vade Mecum

akpokavin

definition

local gin

Vade Mecum

akpomororo

definition

(someone with a) bald head

Vade Mecum

akpu

definition

doughy food made from cassava

Elgaxton

akpu

example

I wan chop akpu now

Elgaxton

akpu belle

definition

nickname for child with a large round tummy

Vade Mecum

akpuruka

definition

fraudster; fraudulent deal

Vade Mecum

aku

definition

traditional medicine-seller

Vade Mecum

alarm

definition

to be hungry, broke

Karo Akarah

alarm

example

Alarm don take di guy

Karo Akarah

alarm don blow

definition

it is now known; it is no more a secret; it has been discovered

Vade Mecum

archee

definition

capacity to consume alcohol

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

area boy

definition

hoodlum; ruffian

Wale Akin

area fada

definition

influential and powerful neighbourhood personality

Vade Mecum

area scatter

definition

neighbourhood troublemaker

Vade Mecum

area scatter

example

comot for im way, you no know say na area scatter

Vade Mecum

aristo

definition

rich or powerful man who dates younger girls (derived from aristocrat)

Vade Mecum

aristole

definition

an old man dating a young lady; a sugar daddy

Wale Akin

arobele

definition

a meal with rice and beans mixed together

Vade Mecum

atalefoh

definition

a matter that has been settled

Vade Mecum

atalefoh

example

Godfather don talk am say di fact say na Professor J.J. go be the next governor na atalefoh

Vade Mecum

atalefoh

translation

The boss has said that the fact that Professor J J will be the next governor is a settled matter

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

atiko

definition

tough guy

Karo Akarah

auxiliary gear

definition

something used to boost the effect of an action

Vade Mecum

auxiliary gear

example

Na me and the bobo been dey hassle the Okpeke, but the bobo come put him gear for auxilliary.gear

Vade Mecum

auxiliary gear

translation

I and the guy were competing for the girl's attention, but the guy then (switched on his charm, flashed some money, etc.)

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

away match

definition

illegitimate child

The King's Jester

away match

example

Obinna don score for away match

The King's Jester

away match

translation

Obinna has had a child outside marriage

The King's Jester

awoko

definition

all night reading

Vade Mecum

awoko

example

Di boy sabi blow awoko well well

Vade Mecum

awoko

translation

The boy usually reads all night

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

awoof

definition

free stuff

The King's Jester

awoof

example

Awoof no dey for America

The King's Jester

awoof

translation

There are no free things in America

The King's Jester

ayangba

definition

prostitute

Wale Akin

back axle

definition

ladies' backside

Karo Akarah

bad man

definition

the main villain in a movie

Vade Mecum

bail

definition

to escape, run out

Osibinaebi

bail

example

As the principal show for hall like this, all man bail through window

Osibinaebi

bail

translation

When the principal entered the hall, everyone escaped through the window

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

bam

definition

impressive, good looking

Karo Akarah

bang

definition

have sex with

Elgaxton

barracuda

definition

tough, dangerous strong person

Vade Mecum

BBC

definition

the grapevine

Vade Mecum

belle

definition

pregnancy

The King's Jester

belle

definition

stomach, belly

Elgaxton

belle

example

Beauty don carry belle for im pim pom

The King's Jester

belle

translation

Beauty is pregnant for her pim-pom

The King's Jester

belleful, bellewise

definition

to one's satisfaction (usually used with reference to consumption of food, drink)

Elgaxton

belleful, bellewise

example

You don chop belleful come dey make noise, eh?

Elgaxton

belleful, bellewise

translation

You've eaten to your satisfaction, so you're now very talkative, eh?

Elgaxton

bend-down

definition

(adjective) second hand

Osibinaebi

bend-down

example

Di guy shirt na bend-down

Osibinaebi

bend-down

translation

The man's shirt is second hand

Osibinaebi

bend-down

example

All im cloth na bend-down

The King's Jester

bend-down

translation

All his/her clothes are second hand

The King's Jester

benji

definition

cooked beans and yam

Elgaxton

benji

example

Madam abeg gif me benji

Elgaxton

berekete

definition

in abundance

The King's Jester

berekete

definition

be many; be plentiful

Elgaxton

berekete

example

See as fine guys berekete for di party

Elgaxton

berekete

translation

Look how plentiful handsome men were at the party

Elgaxton

beta

definition

better; good circumstances, things

The King's Jester

beta

example

Who no wan beta?

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

beta

translation

Who doesn't want good things?

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

bia-bia

definition

beard, facial hair

Vade Mecum

bisect

definition

have sex with

Karo Akarah

bizibodi

definition

Nuisance; meddlesome behaviour

The King's Jester

bizibodi

example

E too dey do bizibodi

The King's Jester

bizibodi

translation

He is always meddling in other people's matters

The King's Jester

blacki

definition

dark complexioned person

Vade Mecum

block

definition

stop; meet

Osibinaebi

block

example

We go block for house

Osibinaebi

block

translation

We will meet at home

Osibinaebi

blokos

definition

testicles

Elgaxton

blow-blow

definition

balloon

Vade Mecum

blow-blow

example

Mama, abeg buy me blow-blow

Vade Mecum

blue-tooth

definition

harm (through supernatural means???)

Wale Akin

blue-tooth

example

I go blue-tooth you

Wale Akin

blue-tooth

translation

I will harm you

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

bobi

definition

breast

The King's Jester

bobi

example

Di pikin dey suck bobi

The King's Jester

bobi

translation

The child is being breastfed

The King's Jester

bobo

definition

guy; handsome man

Wale Akin

bobo

definition

lies; to lie

Vade Mecum

bobo

example

Di boy sabi bobo well well

Vade Mecum

bobo

translation

The boy knows how to lie very well

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

bobo enterprises

definition

hardworking young, male hustler with or with no established business office or location, always with money from his legitimate hustling which he is always very ready to spend freely.

Vade Mecum

bodi

definition

body

The King's Jester

boli

definition

roasted unripe plantain

Elgaxton

boli

example

Abeg run go road buy me boli now

Elgaxton

bololo

definition

bald head; bald headed style

Karo Akarah

bololo

example

Di guy don barber bololo

Karo Akarah

bololo

translation

The man has shaved all his hair

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

bolon-bolo

definition

breast

Elgaxton

bomboy

definition

pet name for small boy

Vade Mecum

bone

definition

ignore; persist in the face of opposition

The King's Jester

bone

example

As Ekaette papa come pick im gisim, I bone

The King's Jester

bone

translation

When Ekaette's father picked up her cellphone, I ignored (the unexpected setback)

The King's Jester

bonga

definition

very bony fish

Vade Mecum

bonga

example

Na bone from bonga wey chook am for throat

Vade Mecum

bonga

translation

A bone in the bonga fish pierced his throat

Vade Mecum

booga

definition

show off

Karo Akarah

booga

example

Na who you dey booga for?

Karo Akarah

borrow pose

definition

bragging with borrowed items

Vade Mecum

bottom power

definition

sexual favours or attractiveness, especially when used for personal gain

Vade Mecum

bragado

definition

false bravery

Osibinaebi

bragado

example

Di guy jus dey do bragado

Osibinaebi

bragado

translation

The guy is just pretending to be brave

Osibinaebi

brasconyo

definition

bra

The King's Jester

broke

definition

have sex with

Karo Akarah

broke

example

I don broke dat babe

Karo Akarah

bros

definition

used to address older male person as mark of respect

Osibinaebi

bros

example

na bros you be to me, now

Osibinaebi

bros

translation

I look up to you as my superior

Osibinaebi

bubble

definition

dance, have a good time (esp at a social event)

Vade Mecum

bubble

example

We bubble tire

Vade Mecum

bubble

translation

We enjoyed ourselves until we were tired

Vade Mecum

buluku

definition

ladies' underwear

Karo Akarah

buluku

example

Mama, your buluku dey show

Karo Akarah

bungay

definition

have sex

Elgaxton

bushman

definition

un-refined, un-cultured and un-polished person

Vade Mecum

bush-meat

definition

an unenlightened (usually) rural girl that is easily seduced for sexual gratification

Vade Mecum

bush-meat

definition

a type of edible meat obtained from the flesh of the grass-cutter (greater cane rat)

Vade Mecum

bush-meat

example

Dat girl na bush-meat

Vade Mecum

bush-meat

example

Di madam dey cook wit bush-meat

Vade Mecum

bushmore

definition

(see bush-meat)

Karo Akarah

carry belle, get belle

definition

become pregnant

The King's Jester

carry go

definition

continue

The King's Jester

carry go

example

You dey free, carry go no wahala

The King's Jester

carry go

translation

You are free to continue, no problem

The King's Jester

chairman

definition

head of a criminal gang

Vade Mecum

chairman

definition

boss

Vade Mecum

chairman

definition

AIDS

Dem

charge and bail

definition

lawyer who applies for bail for alleged criminal offenders and thereafter hands the file over to other more serious lawyers to continue with the defence

 

cheerful giver

definition

promiscuous lady

Elgaxton

cheerful giver

example

Dat babe na cheerful giver

Elgaxton

chei

definition

exclamation of surprise

Elgaxton

chei

example

Chei! See as Osibi copy my yarns

Elgaxton

chei

translation

My goodness! Look at how Osibi has copied my story

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

chin-chin

definition

snack made from flour

Vade Mecum

chook

definition

insert, penetrate, puncture

Osibinaebi

chook

example

Make you chook am for window side

Osibinaebi

chook

translation

Insert it into where the window is

Osibinaebi

chop

definition

eat

Wale Akin

chop

example

I wan chop

Wale Akin

chop

translation

I want to eat

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

chop

example

You don chop today, sef?

The King's Jester

chop

translation

Have you eaten today, anyway?

The King's Jester

chop

definition

steal, defraud

Sandy Lomo

chop

example

Di guy don chop my money

Sandy Lomo

chop

translation

The guy has defrauded me out of my money

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

chrome

definition

fine, good looking

Vade Mecum

chuku

definition

folded slips of paper containing facts or formulae smuggled into exam halls by students in Nigeria for the purpose of aiding them to cheat in exams

Vade Mecum

chuku

example

Na chuku wey im dey use

Vade Mecum

chuku-chuku

definition

thorn; other small sharp object (especially if embedded in something); see also chook

Vade Mecum

ciga

definition

cigarette

Osibinaebi

ciga

example

Gif me ciga

Osibinaebi

ciga

translation

Give me a cigarette

Osibinaebi

clearing and forwarding

definition

receiving stolen goods from thieves (clearing) and introducing them into the chain of commerce (forwarding)

Vade Mecum

clearing and forwarding

example

Im dey do clearing and forwarding business

Vade Mecum

cloth

definition

clothes, attire, dress

The King's Jester

cloth

example

Which kain cloth e dey wear?

The King's Jester

cloth

translation

What kind of clothes is he wearing?

The King's Jester

comot

definition

get out, go away

Elgaxton

comot

example

Commot for dia

The King's Jester

comot

translation

Leave that place

The King's Jester

congi

definition

longing for sex, horny

Elgaxton

congi

example

Congi don dey hook Shoko

Elgaxton

congo

definition

vagina

Osibinaebi

coolu temper

definition

calm down (said to someone who is angry or excited)

Vade Mecum

corner-corner

definition

evasive; crooked

The King's Jester

corner-corner

example

E no fit answer the queshon, e jus dey go corner-corner

The King's Jester

corner-corner

translation

He couldn't answer the question, he was just being evasive

The King's Jester

corner-corner love

definition

love affair carried out in secret

Vade Mecum

corner-eye

definition

glimpse; sidelong look

The King's Jester

corner-eye

example

Di bobo take corner-eye dey look me, as I dey demo

The King's Jester

corner-eye

translation

The guy kept on giving me sidelong looks as I was showing off

The King's Jester

cover plate talk

definition

insignificant talk

Vade Mecum

crash

definition

sleep; doze

Elgaxton

crash

example

Di kain crashing wey pesin crash last nite no be small.

Elgaxton

crash helmet

definition

condom

Vade Mecum

craze

definition

mad

The King's Jester

craze

example

You dey craze?

The King's Jester

craze

translation

Are you mad?

The King's Jester

credo

definition

credit

Karo Akarah

credo

example

Di shop no gif me credo o

Karo Akarah

crude oil

definition

guinness stout beer

Vade Mecum

cunny man

definition

shrewd, cunning person

Vade Mecum

cut and nail

definition

of inferior quality

Vade Mecum

dabaru

definition

spoil, wreck, confuse

Vade Mecum

dabaru

example

See as im use grammar dabaru everything

Vade Mecum

dabaru

translation

Look how he has used large words in his speech to confuse the matter

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

danfo

definition

commercial minibus

Wale Akin

dash

definition

give

Karo Akarah

dash

example

Dat bros dash me money

Karo Akarah

daze

definition

beat someone in a fist fight

Karo Akarah

daze

example

Man I go daze you if you no comot for here

Karo Akarah

deck

definition

beat

Osibinaebi

deck

example

Dem deck the guy no be small

Osibinaebi

deck

translation

The man was severely beaten

Osibinaebi

dedi bodi

definition

very lazy person

Vade Mecum

defence

definition

behind, buttocks

Dem

delete

definition

die

Karo Akarah

delete

example

Di guy don delete

Karo Akarah

delete

translation

The man has died

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dem

definition

them; they

Osibinaebi

dem

example

Na Elgaxton gif dem di money

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dem

translation

It was Elgaxton that gave them the money

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dem

example

Di ting wey dem tell us plenty

Osibinaebi

dem

translation

They told us a lot of things (translit: The things they told us were many)

Osibinaebi

demo

definition

show off

The King's Jester

denge

definition

behave or walk in an affected, exaggerated or unnatural manner, usually (for girls) accompanied by shaking of the behind while walking

Elgaxton

denge

example

See as London girls dey denge up and down

Elgaxton

dey

definition

used to indicate that an action is currently being carried out, or that it is usually carried out.

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

example

I dey do di work

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

translation

I am doing the work, I usually do the work. (Compare to 'I do di work' which means 'I did the work')

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

definition

be; used indicate location or state of mind of a person

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

example

I dey for house

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

translation

I am at home

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

example

I no dey happy

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

translation

I am not happy

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

example

Oga Abraxas dey house

Elgaxton

dey

translation

Master Abraxas is at home

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dey

definition

beat up

Elgaxton

di man di man

definition

used to refer to the most important, powerful, etc. person in a scenario, group, etc.

Vade Mecum

disconnect

definition

disassociate with, escape from

Karo Akarah

disconnect

example

I tell you make you disconnect with dat babe, you no gree

Karo Akarah

disconnect

translation

I told you not to have anything to do with that girl, but you wouldn't listen

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dodo

definition

fried ripe plantain

Elgaxton

dodo

example

Abeg put dodo for that beans

Elgaxton

dogo

definition

very tall person (from Hausa)

Vade Mecum

dogo

example

Di Hausa soldier na dogo

Vade Mecum

dogonyaro

definition

native medicine reputed to be good for malaria fever

Vade Mecum

dogonyaro

example

Abeg try drink dogonyaro, dem say the thing good well well for fever

Vade Mecum

doings

definition

style, attitude

Karo Akarah

doings

example

Ol' boy, I no sanction your doings

Karo Akarah

don

definition

have; used to indicate the present perfect tense, that the action has just taken place

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

don

example

I don finish

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

don

translation

I have finshed

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dondada

definition

Rich person

Karo Akarah

dondonyo

definition

dull person, fool

Karo Akarah

dondonyo

example

Na which kain dondonyo be dis?

Karo Akarah

dondonyo

translation

What kind of fool is this?

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

down below

definition

private parts

Vade Mecum

drop engine

definition

give birth

Vade Mecum

drop engine

example

Di girl don drop engine bifor

Vade Mecum

drop engine

translation

The girl has given birth before

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

dross

definition

underwear

Vade Mecum

dross

example

Abeg, go wash ya dross

Vade Mecum

e be like say

definition

it looks like; it appears that; it appears as if

The King's Jester

e be like say

example

E be like say I sabi you for anoda place

Osibinaebi

e be like say

translation

It looks like I know you from somewhere else

Osibinaebi

e do, e don do

definition

It is enough

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

e do, e don do

example

No pour any more wata - e don do

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

e do, e don do

translation

Don't pour any more water - that's enough

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

e get as e be

definition

it is not quite right

Vade Mecum

eba

definition

doughy food made from gari (cassava flour); usually eaten with soup

Elgaxton

eba

example

I hear say Uncle Tisha chop eba for di party

Elgaxton

efico

definition

brilliant student; bookworm

Wale Akin

efico

example

My sister na efico

Wale Akin

efico

translation

My sister is a bookworm

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

efizy, efizm

definition

action(s) taken to ensure that a person or event is impressive or noteworthy

Elgaxton

efizy, efizm

example

I sabi say dese people go wan use efizy for dis dia gbedu tonight

Elgaxton

efizy, efizm

translation

I know that these people will want to make that extra effort to make their party something to remember tonight

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

egbe wedgers

definition

thugs; body guards

Vade Mecum

egbelekwakwa

definition

old, out of use or useless

Elgaxton

egbelekwakwa

example

Dat car na heavy egbelekwakwa

Elgaxton

ehen

definition

used to indicate that the words that follow should be given attention

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

ehen

example

Ehen! Bring di kunu, make Shoko dey drink am

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

ehen

translation

All right, bring the kunu and let Shoko drink it

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

eke

example

You need to see how all man take-off wen eke show wit car.

Elgaxton

eke, ekelebe

definition

policeman

Osibinaebi

eke, ekelebe

example

Na so eke full di place

Osibinaebi

eke, ekelebe

translation

The place was filled with policemen

Osibinaebi

eye

definition

stare at

Elgaxton

eye

example

Abeg, no dey eye

Elgaxton

eye

translation

Please don't stare at me

Elgaxton

fabu

definition

lies, exaggeration

Karo Akarah

fabu

example

Dat guy jus dey yarn fabu

Karo Akarah

fabu

translation

That man is just telling lies

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

fade

definition

disappear, vanish

Karo Akarah

fashi

definition

forget

Elgaxton

fashi

example

Fashi Shoko make we go shack kunu jare

Elgaxton

feel

definition

(see form, front)

Karo Akarah

fine

definition

handsome; beautiful

The King's Jester

fine

example

Dat bobo too fine

The King's Jester

fine

translation

That guy is so handsome

The King's Jester

finger

definition

grope in a sexually suggestive way

Karo Akarah

finger

example

Na only finger I finger di babe

Karo Akarah

fit

definition

to have the ability

Vade Mecum

fit

example

you no fit do am

Vade Mecum

fit

translation

you can't do it

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

flenjor; flenj

definition

enjoy

Elgaxton

flenjor; flenj

example

People go flenj for 805 restaurant dis evenin

Elgaxton

flenjor; flenj

translation

People will enjoy themselves at the 805 restaurant this evening

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

foam

definition

mattress

Vade Mecum

follow-follow

definition

imitation; tagging along

The King's Jester

follow-follow

example

Kate too dey follow-follow

The King's Jester

follow-follow

translation

Kate is always tagging along (implying disapproval of this)

The King's Jester

for yonder

definition

far away

Osibinaebi

for yonder

example

Di junction dey for yonder

Osibinaebi

for yonder

translation

The junction is far away

Osibinaebi

form

definition

behave in an affected, exaggerated or unnatural manner, usually to gain attention; pretend

Elgaxton

form

example

See how di girl dey form

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

form

translation

Look at how that girl is behaving like a poseur

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

form

example

Shoko jus dey form like im be boss

Osibinaebi

form

translation

Shoko is pretending to be the boss

Osibinaebi

gagool

definition

one who is much older than they claim to be

Vade Mecum

garawa, galawa

definition

iron measuring container

Vade Mecum

garium sulphide; garium sulphate

definition

gari (name used mostly by students)

Vade Mecum

gas

definition

break wind

Osibinaebi

gas

example

Who gas for here?

Osibinaebi

gas

translation

Who broke wind here?

Osibinaebi

gbab

definition

catch; nab

Osibinaebi

gbab

example

Na for beer palour dem gbab the thief

Osibinaebi

gbab

translation

It was inside the beer parlour that they caught the thief

Osibinaebi

gbab

example

Police don gbab dem o

The King's Jester

gbab

translation

The police have caught them

The King's Jester

gbam

definition

(from noise of a nail being hit on the head) used to signify emphatic agreement with a preceding statement

Elgaxton

gbasawa

 

 

 

gbedu

definition

party

Elgaxton

gbedu

example

Osibi no get chance gbedu during im school days

Elgaxton

gbedu

translation

Osibi didn't have the opportunity to party during his school days

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

gbege

definition

trouble

The King's Jester

gbege

example

If you cross dis line wey I don draw for ground, na heavy gbege you don enter be dat

The King's Jester

gbege

translation

If you cross the line I've drawn on the ground, you're in deep trouble

The King's Jester

gbosa

definition

loud sound used to signify the event that caused the sound, e.g. a slap, explosion, etc.

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

gbosa

example

E come gif am gbosa for face

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

gbosa

translation

He gave him a loud slap on the face

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

gidigba

definition

with no intention/sign of moving

Vade Mecum

gidigba

example

I dey siddon here gidigba

Vade Mecum

gidigba

translation

I'm sitting here comfortably

Vade Mecum

Giorgio Armani

definition

second hand clothes

Vade Mecum

Giorgio Armani

example

Me too notice di Giorgio Armani di bobo dey wear

Vade Mecum

Giorgio Armani

translation

I also noticed the second hand clothes that the guy was wearing

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

gisim

definition

GSM/cell phone

The King's Jester

gisim

example

As I call Ekaette gisim na her papa pick phone

The King's Jester

gisim

translation

When I called Ekaette's cellphone, it was her father who answered the call

The King's Jester

gock

definition

be confused or at a loss

Karo Akarah

gock

example

Di guy don gock for London

Karo Akarah

God don sleep

definition

(translit: God has slept) used to describe struggling business

Vade Mecum

God never sleep

definition

(translit: God hasn't slept) used to describe thriving business

Vade Mecum

godfather

definition

head/leader of a political family/machine

Vade Mecum

gorimakpa

definition

bald head; bald headed person

Elgaxton

gorimakpa

example

As Shoko dey wear mask so, u sure sey no be him gorimakpa head him dey hide?

Elgaxton

gorimakpa

translation

As Shoko is wearing a mask like that, are you sure he is not trying to hide his bald head?

Elgaxton

gra-gra

definition

stubborness; aggression

The King's Jester

gra-gra

example

Dat man too dey do gra-gra.

The King's Jester

gra-gra

translation

That man shows too much stubbornness

The King's Jester

gree

definition

agree

The King's Jester

gree

example

You no gree. Oya which wan man go do now?

The King's Jester

gree

translation

You don't agree. So what do you want one to do?

The King's Jester

guitar

definition

large round of bullets hung round neck

Vade Mecum

guyman

definition

fraudster

Vade Mecum

haka-haka

definition

a medicine for sexual potency hawked by Hausa traditional medicine sellers

Vade Mecum

hala

definition

shout; scream

The King's Jester

hala

example

Efribodi come hala

The King's Jester

hala

translation

Everybody began screaming

The King's Jester

hammer

definition

become successful, come into sudden wealth

The King's Jester

hammer

example

Di bobo don hammer

The King's Jester

hammer

translation

The guy has become successful

The King's Jester

hand bag

definition

a man or boy who is merely escorting a lady around and appears to others as the lady's boyfriend but is actually merely escorting the lady around like a body guard or being used by the lady to front as a boyfriend.

Vade Mecum

hand bag

example

No min di boy, di lady jus dey wear am like hand bag

Vade Mecum

hans

definition

handsome

Sandy Baby

hans

example

di guy hans

Sandy Baby

hans

translation

The man is handsome

Sandy Baby

harmattan

definition

period one goes for without sex

Vade Mecum

harmattan

example

I pray say your down below no go experience harmattan

Vade Mecum

head of state

definition

head of a fish (when eaten)

Vade Mecum

holy water

definition

palm wine

Vade Mecum

home boy

definition

well recognised neighbourhood resident

Vade Mecum

how for do?

definition

what could I have done? (used when an impossible situation presents itself)

Vade Mecum

how for do?

example

Dem talk say I mus shake body. Ol' boy, how for do?

Vade Mecum

ice wata

definition

disturbingly quiet and gentle person

Vade Mecum

ice wata

example

Dat girl na real ice wata

Vade Mecum

idi amin

definition

wicked man

Vade Mecum

igedu

definition

large lorries that carry timber to sawmills

Vade Mecum

ikebe

definition

backside; large backside

Elgaxton

ikebe

example

Elgaxton talk say Alexa ikebe heavy o

Osibinaebi

ikebe

translation

Elgaxton said that Alexa has a big backside

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

ikwokilikwo

definition

have sex

Elgaxton

ikwokilikwo

example

Dem dey do ikwokilikwo for inside car

Elgaxton

imbe

definition

imbecile

Elgaxton

imbe

example

Dat guy na heavy imbe

Elgaxton

import and export business

definition

smuggling

Vade Mecum

import and export business

example

Di man dey do import and export business

Vade Mecum

import and export business

translation

The man engages in smuggling

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

isi-ewu

definition

goat's head usually used in cooking peppersoup

Vade Mecum

italo

definition

work done as sex workers abroad (esp. Italy)

Elgaxton

italo

example

Ol' boy u hia sey that babe na Italo e do?

Elgaxton

jacki

definition

donkey, as in 'work like jacki'; hard worker

Vade Mecum

jaguda

definition

rascal, thief

Elgaxton

jam bodi

definition

(in soccer) bad ball control, rough and unpolished soccer artistry, colliding with other players at random.

Vade Mecum

jam bodi

example

Dat team wit dem jam bodi and police ball play

Vade Mecum

jam coal tar

definition

have a road accident

Vade Mecum

jangirova

definition

see-saw; metal framework of poles for children to play on

The King's Jester

jazz

definition

witchcraft; voodoo

The King's Jester

jazz

example

I hear say na jazz dem do am wey im leg bend so

The King's Jester

jazz

translation

I heard that it was witchcraft that someone did to him that made his leg bent like that

The King's Jester

jedi-jedi

definition

haemorrhoids

Vade Mecum

jezebel

definition

wicked woman

Vade Mecum

jibiti

definition

thievery

Vade Mecum

jiga

definition

infection mostly found in the toes of kids who wear no footwear in rural areas.

Vade Mecum

jiga

example

The chuku-chuku wey dey my hand na im no allow me remove di jiga wey dey for my leg

Vade Mecum

jigi-jigi

definition

the feeling one has when one is in love or infatuated

Vade Mecum

jigi-jigi

example

Your sweet lyrics dey make my chest dey do jigi-jigi

Vade Mecum

job

definition

fraud; deceit

Vade Mecum

jobman

definition

fraudster

Vade Mecum

jogodo

definition

messed up

Elgaxton

joli

definition

enjoy; be happy

The King's Jester

joli

example

Me I dey joli for wetin I dey do

The King's Jester

joli

translation

I'm enjoying what I'm doing

The King's Jester

jollof rice

definition

rice cooked together with tomatoes, onions, etc.

Vade Mecum

jones

definition

suffer, be abandoned

Karo Akarah

jugunu

definition

person who is among the best, recognised and very successful in his field; street smart person

Vade Mecum

jugunu

example

Dat surveyor na jugunu for im job

Vade Mecum

kain

definition

kind, type of

Elgaxton

kain

example

Which kain opata yarns be dis? Comot for road!

Emj

kain

translation

What kind of rubbish talk is this? Get away from my presence!

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

kaka

definition

defaecate (Warri slang)

Karo Akarah

kakaraka

definition

a mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually very tough person

Vade Mecum

kakaraka

example

Dat man na real kakaraka

Vade Mecum

kalo-kalo

definition

gambling machine; gambling

Wale Akin

kalo-kalo

example

Make we go play kalo kalo

Wale Akin

kalo-kalo

translation

Let's go and do some gambling

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

kaput

definition

become dead, spoilt

Elgaxton

kaput

example

The car don kaput

Elgaxton

kasala

definition

trouble

Wale Akin

kasala

example

Kasala don bust for my head o!

The King's Jester

kasala

translation

I'm in trouble (transliteraton: Trouble has burst open and rained down on my head)

The King's Jester

katikati

definition

aggression, hostility

Karo Akarah

katikati

example

You too dey do katikati for everytin

Karo Akarah

katikati

translation

You are always being aggressive in all situations

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

khoror

definition

whatever is left after the main fish or meat has been eaten in a plate of pepper soup; could also mean the dregs that are at the bottom of a jug of palm wine

Vade Mecum

kneel down price

definition

second hand clothes for sale

Vade Mecum

knock-out

definition

explosive firework

Vade Mecum

koboko

definition

horsewhip

Vade Mecum

koko

definition

the main thing, the essential part

Osibinaebi

koko

example

The koko be say i no give am money

Osibinaebi

koko

translation

The main issue is that i did not give him money

Osibinaebi

kola

definition

bribe

Vade Mecum

kola

example

Wey di kola wey you bring?

 

kolo

definition

mad; become mad

Osibinaebi

kolo

example

i go kolo for you o

Osibinaebi

kolo

translation

I will be mad at you

Osibinaebi

kolobi

definition

(hold in a) full nelson grip

Karo Akarah

kolobi

example

See as dat guy jus kolobi my neck

Karo Akarah

konk

definition

strong, hard, difficult (from concentrated)

Karo Akarah

konk

example

Man, dat exam konk no be small

Karo Akarah

konk

translation

Man, that exam was really very difficult

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

korokoro

definition

real, physical, obvious, face to face

Osibinaebi

korokoro

example

E happen for my korokoro eye

The King's Jester

korokoro

translation

It happened right before my eyes

The King's Jester

korokoro

example

I see am korokoro

Osibinaebi

korokoro

translation

I saw it physically for real

Osibinaebi

korokoro

example

Di one wey I catch you korokoro na im you still dey lie on top

Elgaxton

kpaje

definition

money

Vade Mecum

kpali

definition

passport; certificates; documentation

The King's Jester

kpali

definition

empty carton

Elgaxton

kpali

example

If you no get kpali for Britain, na heavy gbege be dat o

The King's Jester

kpali

translation

If you don't have a valid passport and you're staying in Britain, you're in big trouble

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

kpali

example

Toshiba laptops dey come wit kpali

Elgaxton

kpangba

definition

tough

Vade Mecum

kpangba

example

Dat woman na kpangba woman

Vade Mecum

kpanji

definition

cool down

Elgaxton

kpanji

example

Make u kpanji now, see as u dey vex

Elgaxton

kpatakpata

definition

complete; total; completely

Osibinaebi

kpatakpata

example

Di eke clear di bus kpatakpata

Osibinaebi

kpatakpata

translation

The policemen completely cleared out the bus

Osibinaebi

kpekere

definition

fried unripe plantain chips

Vade Mecum

kpelebe

definition

Thread women use in plaiting their hair in Nigeria

Vade Mecum

kpeme

definition

die

The King's Jester

kpengbu

definition

very short person

Vade Mecum

kpengbu

example

Di bobo na real kpengbu

Vade Mecum

kpo-kpo

definition

beat up

Elgaxton

kpo-kpo

example

If Osibi put mouth for my mata again, I go kpo-kpo am

Elgaxton

kpo-kpo

translation

If Osibi verbally intervenes in my affairs any more, I will beat him up

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

kponyo

definition

vagina

Elgaxton

kporo

definition

male private part

Sandy Lomo

kpuff

definition

to be very wealthy

Vade Mecum

kpuff

example

Osibi Papa kpuff well well

Vade Mecum

kpuff

definition

(of a woman) to have an attractive, curvaceous body

Vade Mecum

kpuff

example

Dat girl kpuff well o

Vade Mecum

kpuke

definition

have sex

Elgaxton

kpuke

example

Dem don kpuke dat babe tire

Elgaxton

kro-kro

definition

skin rash

Vade Mecum

kuli-kuli

definition

Nigerian snack made from groundnuts

Vade Mecum

kurah

definition

smart, streetwise guy

Karo Akarah

kurukere

definition

dodgy, dodgily, suspicious, suspiciously, dubiously

The King's Jester

kurukere

example

I no like as Shoko dey waka kurukere for woman matter

The King's Jester

kurukere

translation

I don't like the way that Shoko behaves suspiciously in romantic matters

The King's Jester

labu-labu

definition

loose, bell bottomed trousers

Vade Mecum

lace

definition

whip, flog

Karo Akarah

lace

example

Di bobo collect correct lacing today

Karo Akarah

lai-lai

definition

no way, never (used for emphasis for an action that the speaker does not want to be carried out at any time in the future)

Elgaxton

lai-lai

example

You no go rest, lai-lai

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

lai-lai

translation

You will never rest

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

land cruiser

definition

female with a large backside

Vade Mecum

last bus stop

definition

spinster

Dem

lekpa shandi, lepa shandi

definition

slim girl

Elgaxton

lem

definition

eat

Karo Akarah

lem

example

Na correct egusi I lem dis afternoon

Karo Akarah

liver

definition

boldness

Sandy Baby

liver

example

You no get liver

Sandy Baby

liver

translation

You aren't bold

Sandy Baby

local

definition

uncivilised, unsophisticated and un-enlightened person

Vade Mecum

local

example

Di boy too local sef

Vade Mecum

loco

definition

a hard working person with little to show for his work

Wale Akin

long leg

definition

unfair means; nepotism (when applied to securing appointments, positions, etc.)

Vade Mecum

longthroat

definition

greed

Dem

longthroat

example

Na longthroat dey do am

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

longthroat

translation

He is being possessed by greed

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

looku-looku

definition

stare

The King's Jester

looku-looku

example

you jus dey looku-looku like say you neva see fine bebi before

The King's Jester

looku-looku

translation

You keep staring as if you haven't seen a beautiful girl before

The King's Jester

lyrics

definition

sweet words spoken to someone whose romantic affections are being sought

Vade Mecum

maga

definition

(see mugu)

Karo Akarah

mago-mago

definition

crookery; crooked, dubious or shady practices; crooked

Vade Mecum

maiguard

definition

residential security man

Wale Akin

maiguard

example

Our maiguard dey sleep when di tif come

Wale Akin

maiguard

translation

Our security man was asleep when the thieves came

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

maja

definition

intimidate

The King's Jester

maja

example

As the danfo driver come park, na so mopol come dey maja am

The King's Jester

maja

translation

When the commercial bus driver eventually parked, the mopol police began to intimidate him

The King's Jester

male, maleh

definition

mother

Wale Akin

mama

definition

mother

The King's Jester

mama

example

My mama dey vex for my papa.

The King's Jester

mama

translation

My mother is angry with my father

The King's Jester

mama

example

My mama soup sweet pass yah mama own

Osibinaebi

mama

translation

my mother's soup tastes better that your own mother's

Osibinaebi

mamaput

definition

local eatery/canteen; road side food vendor; food cooked in this place

Elgaxton

mamaput

example

Shoko too like mamaput

Elgaxton

mamaput

translation

Shoko likes eating at local canteens too much

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

mami-wata

definition

mermaid

The King's Jester

mami-wata

example

I no go lie, di bebi fine like mami-wata

The King's Jester

mami-wata

translation

To be honest, the girl is as beautiful as a mermaid

The King's Jester

man and woman disease

definition

sexually transmitted disease

The King's Jester

man and woman disease

example

Pesin wey no dey close leg na im dey catch man and woman disease

The King's Jester

man and woman disease

translation

A person who is sexually indiscriminate (translit: doesn't keep his/her legs together) usually ends up getting an STD

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

man-know-man

definition

nepotism

Vade Mecum

man-know-man

example

Na man-know-man im take get di job

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

man-know-man

translation

He got the job through nepotism

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

meleske, meneske

definition

misbehave

Elgaxton

ment

definition

mad

The King's Jester

mentor

definition

a wife in a marriage where the wife is in control and the husband is subservient

Vade Mecum

mess

definition

break wind

Vade Mecum

mestaform

definition

misbehave

The King's Jester

mestaform

example

You jus dey mestaform any how

The King's Jester

mestaform

translation

You are just misbehaving without any restraint

The King's Jester

miliki

definition

prosperity

Vade Mecum

milk industry

definition

woman with large breasts

Vade Mecum

mineral

definition

carbonated soft drink

Wale Akin

mineral

example

Wey my mineral?

Wale Akin

minister of enjoyment

definition

an inexperienced boy or girl who inherits his parents' wealth and but squanders on ephemeral frivolities.

Vade Mecum

miriam makeba

definition

a lady singer in a group, whose voice rings out louder than the voice of all others and who tries to dominate it

Vade Mecum

miriam makeba

example

Dat lady na di miriam makeba of di group

Vade Mecum

miscapone

definition

misbehave

Elgaxton

misyarn

definition

digress, talk rubbish or off point

The King's Jester

misyarn

example

Wen di guy see my size, e come dey misyarn

The King's Jester

misyarn

translation

When the guy saw how big I was, he began to digress

The King's Jester

mojo

definition

pornography

Elgaxton

mokaka

definition

hard baked small sized bread

Vade Mecum

mokambo

definition

second hand clothes

Vade Mecum

mokambo

example

Na mokambo wey im dey sell

Vade Mecum

mokambo

translation

It is second hand clothes that he sells

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

monkey jacket

definition

waist coat

Vade Mecum

mother plate talk

definition

serious talk

Vade Mecum

mud

definition

die

The King's Jester

mud

example

Dem say di guy don mud

The King's Jester

mud

translation

They say the person has died

The King's Jester

mugu

definition

someone (usually a man) who can be easily manipulated; dupe

The King's Jester

Mungo Park bag

definition

old, battered briefcase

Vade Mecum

na

definition

is, it is

Elgaxton

na

example

Na Shoko dey talk like dat

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

na

translation

It is Shoko who talks like that

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

na

example

Elgaxton na Managing Director for dis biznes

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

na

translation

Elgaxton is the Managing Director of this business

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

na u biko

definition

phrase used to praise/recognise people for their hard work, for doing or saying something cool.

Elgaxton

na u biko

example

Shoko, na you biko for di kain work you dey do

Elgaxton

na u biko

translation

Shoko, I recognise the hard work that you have been doing

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

na wetin concern agbero wit overload?

definition

phrase used when the speaker wants to show that the matter being discussed is of no concern to him; agberos (motor park touts) are usually unconcered with 'overloading' (packing as many people into a bus as possible)

Vade Mecum

nack

definition

hit

Elgaxton

nack

example

If u talk anyhow I go nack you bottle for head.

Elgaxton

nack

translation

If you speak without caution, I will hit you on the head with this bottle

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

nack

definition

have sexual intercourse with

Elgaxton

nack

example

Shoko sabi nack woman after he don shack kunu finish

Elgaxton

nack

translation

Shoko can have sex with a woman after he has drunk his fill of kunu

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

no get network

definition

to have a stroke

Vade Mecum

Nollywood

definition

name for Nigeria's home video based film industry

Vade Mecum

now

definition

used to indicate impatience or pleading when added after a statement

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

now

example

Do dis ting, now

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

now

translation

Do this thing, please

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

now now

definition

instantly; immediately

Wale Akin

now now

example

I wan my money now now

Wale Akin

now now

translation

I want my money immediately

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

nwangala

definition

police

Elgaxton

nyama-nyama

definition

dirt; rubbish;

The King's Jester

nyama-nyama

example

Na inside nyama-nyama you dey chop so?

The King's Jester

nyama-nyama

translation

Is it in the midst of all this dirt that you are eating like this?

The King's Jester

nyash

definition

buttocks

Wale Akin

o

definition

Added at the end of a sentence to express emphasis, alarm, warning, etc.

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

o

example

No vex me o!

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

o

translation

Don't make me angry!

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

o

example

Make you wake me wen di time reach o!

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

o

translation

Wake me up when it is time

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

oba

definition

justice/judgment

Vade Mecum

oba

example

You go see oba

Vade Mecum

oba

translation

You will face judgment

Vade Mecum

obioma

definition

itinerant tailor

Wale Akin

obito

definition

late night party (from obituary)

Vade Mecum

obtain

definition

to collect forcefully, steal, buy

Osibinaebi

obtain

example

Make we obtain him shoe

Osibinaebi

obtain

translation

Let us steal his shoes

Osibinaebi

obtain

example

I dey go obtain some baffs for market

Osibinaebi

obtain

translation

I am going to buy some clothes at the market

Osibinaebi

odu

definition

fraud; deceit

Vade Mecum

ofinefi

definition

politics

Vade Mecum

ofinefi

example

Una still dey dis ofinefi?

Vade Mecum

ofinefi

translation

Are you still in the business of politics?

Vade Mecum

oga

definition

master; superior in an organisation

Elgaxton

oga

example

My oga no dey for seat

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

oga

translation

My superior isn't in the office

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

oga kpata kpata, oga pata pata

definition

Boss of all bosses, the overall head

Vade Mecum

oga kpata kpata, oga pata pata

example

Big K na di oga kpata kpata for NVS

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

oga kpata kpata, oga pata pata

translation

Big-K is the administrator of NVS

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

ogboju

definition

cheating; fraud

Vade Mecum

ogbologbo

definition

troublesome person

Elgaxton

ogbonge

definition

authentic; correct

Elgaxton

ogbonge

example

Na ogbonge pidgin we dey speak for dis place

Elgaxton

ogbonge

translation

It is authentic pidgin that we speak here

Elgaxton

ogbongidi

definition

prostitute

Izonere

ogogoro

definition

locally distilled gin with high alcohol content

Osibinaebi

ohonba line

definition

common style of clothing

Elgaxton

ohonba line

example

Forget - da cloth na ohonba line

Elgaxton

ojo

definition

police

Dem

ojolojolo

definition

gigolo

Izonere

ojolojolo

example

If you call me ogbongidi, I go call you ojolojolo

Izonere

ojolojolo

translation

If you call me a prostitute, I will call you a gigolo.

Izonere

ojoro

definition

cheating

Vade Mecum

ojoro

example

We no wan dat referee, him too sabi ojoro

Vade Mecum

ojoro

translation

We don't want that referee, he is always cheating

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

ojuju calabar

definition

masquerade

Vade Mecum

okada

definition

motorcycle (usually low-powered) used for commercial transport; named after Okada Air, a now defunct airline

The King's Jester

okada

example

If you come climb okada, you fit see yasef insai hospital

The King's Jester

okada

translation

If you take an okada, you could end up in hospital (because of the reckless way these vehicles are ridden)

The King's Jester

okoro

definition

Igbo person

Vade Mecum

okpokokpo

definition

pornography

Elgaxton

okpolo

definition

Dem jus use work dey press my neck since yesterday o

Elgaxton

okrika

definition

second hand; second-hand clothing

Wale Akin

okrika

example

Im shirt na okrika

Wale Akin

okrika

translation

His shirt is second-hand

Shoko Loko Bangoshe

okubo

definition

money

Elgaxton

olodo

definition

dullard

Elgaxton

olodo

example

Some pipul write ups dey show say dem be olodo

Elgaxton

opata, okpata

definition

rubbish, nonsensical; wrong; irrelevant

Elgaxton

opata, okpata

example

Na okpata be the tory wey Elgaxton talk yesterday

Osibinaebi

opata, okpata

translation

Elgaxton's tale yesterday was irrelevant

Osibinaebi

opeke, okpeke

definition

young girl

Elgaxton