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ability

His ability, capability. thaawun

able

To be able to reach, as the bottom. dead

To be able to fit into. taaw

To be able, as to do something. tael

To be able to reach. theath

about

Type of small shell which lives in the mangrove or amongst the rocks, about an inch long and dark in color; adze. A type of hand-ax that looks much like a hoe, but smaller. children's talk for male genitals. bachngul

Late afternoon from about noon to midnight. baleayaal'

To rush or roam about in an excited state. burburteal

Rush about in an excited state. burburtël

Parable; story or history about past events told to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth truism. chep

To roam about, as in the night; to rummage in stuff looking for something. daaraaw

To look as if about to cry. dabluqluuq

To roam about, as in the night; to rummage in stuff looking for something. daraaraaw

To interject a point totally irrelevent to what is being talked about. doomaar naag

Moral song about the history of someone or something. falqëch

To think about something. finey

To wander about aimlessly. garbael

To spread about, scatter around. garear

v.t. To scatter, spread about. gareareeg

About, approximately. goonapan

About, approximately. goonap'an

To think about, estimate. goonopiy

News about a journey. gorong

To be hit, struck; to be about, concerned with. kun

Worry about, or be concerned. magaaf-aen'

To worry about, fear, be afraid of, be apprehensive of. magareag

News, story, tale, about, concerning. marungaqag

Mid morning (about 10:00 a. m.). moobag

Time, about 7 p.m., evening. munngeal'

To swim about as if trying not to get drown. noengnoeng

End of breastbone about the solar plexus. p'eebuw

To discuss, talk about. puruuy'

To be wrong about, to mistake, to tangle, entangle. qaloobochiy

To be afraid of; worry about. rus naag

To wander about aimlessly; a crack in glass. saath

Bottle about the size of a fifth gallon, , the size of a shoyu bottle. sigoebiing

To sail about. taatarëg

Its waste; rust, feces, guts, intestines, bilge (of a boat), filth, remains; song of abuse about someone. t'aay

Cause of something, what brought something about. tapgin

To be different, to difer; to pass, cross; (as possessed noun) relation, boundary, distance, between; what one has to say about oneself, one's welfare. thiil

To discuss, talk about. turuuy'

To instruct somebody about the tabinaew. yiqiy

To instruct somebody about the tabinaew. yiqiy naag

above

Root of a type of tree (qafruur) which grows among the mangroves, the root of which is pointed and sticks up above the water. baen'

Above it, on top of it, on it; his behavior. dakeän

Bench, stage, platform in a tree above the ground, copra drying hut. faang

abreast

Abreast, side-by-side in walking. tilfaafat

abstain

To perform propitious acts; to abstain; propitiate; to make safe. gafaeliy

abstention

Propitious act, propitious, abstention. faalngin

Propitious act, propitious abstention. fanglean

Propitious act, propitious abstention. gafaal

abuse

Its waste; rust, feces, guts, intestines, bilge (of a boat), filth, remains; song of abuse about someone. t'aay

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ac

accent

Accent, as ni speech. toon

accenting

To nod many time as a sign of accenting gachimchim

accepts

Person who accepts an offer only the second time. gilfith

accident

To fall accidentally; to have an accident; to injure oneself accidentally. doel'

To find, usually by accident. feang

Get hurt, as with a knife, or in an accident. feebithir

Get hurt, as with a knife, or in an accident. feefithir

To find, discover, as by accident, pick up. feen

To find, discover, as by accident, pick up. feenfeen

To find, discover, as by accident, pick up. feeng

To find, discover, as by accident, pick up. feengfeeng

To have an accident. kal

To find, discover by accident, come upon. pat

To find or meet by accident suddenly. suk'

To have an accident in a canoe while sailing. tabrëy

accidentally

To fall accidentally; to have an accident; to injure oneself accidentally. doel'

To happen accidentally. kol

To happen accidentally. makal

To accidentally say or do something; to chance. sach

To fall into accidentally, slip into. thar

To fall into accidentally, slip into. thear

To collide against; to hit accidentally. tun

acclaimed

Skillful at something; be popularly acclaimed as an expert in something; rich. cheag

accompany

To follow, accompany, go with. qun

accomplish

To accomplish little. girgiriy

according

To count; to find out how many of a thing there is. To group according to type. baap'eag

Advance order of fish according to custom. dabung

To advance order according to Yapese custom. maaraay

To advance order according to Yapese custom. maaraay naag

accurate

Correct, matching, true, straight, accurate; its price, value, cost, pay, counterpart, opposite; navigator, navigation. paluw

ache

To throb with pain, to ache. qöbqoeb

To throb with pain, to ache. qoeb

achieve

To attain, achieve. nameag

To attain, achieve. namiy

To achieve, earn. thag naag

achievement

His handiwork, his achievement. goson

achilles

Achilles tendon. garaaw

Type of fish, achilles tang. walool

acid

Pain in teeth from eating acid or sweet food; sprained ankle. marchum

Pain in teeth from acid food. warchum

Pain in teeth from acid food. worchum

Pain in teeth from acid food. wurchum

acidic

Slippery, dull; toothache from eating too much acidic food. m'urm'uur

acquire

To hook; of a woman, to acquire property by marriage. l'eeg

across

To transfer, transport, carry across, translate. qaaf

To transfer, transport, carry across, translate. qab

To transfer, transport, carry across, translate. qabuweeg

To transfer, transport, carry across, translate. qafuweeg

Certain type of path across taro. yib

acting

To hold one's temper from showing or acting it out. k'aed-aen'

Slow moving or acting, said of person. poor

action

Sexual action, sexual organ. golong

Its effect, action, work; his behavior, personality. pangin

His behavior, personality; its effect, action, work. puman

Consequence, after, side effects of human action. weenagan

actions

To make threatening actions. gaareag

To provoke a fight with menacing faces and actions. gaath

To make threatening actions; to swing something at someone. geereeg

His magical influence or actions. machaan

activities

To engage in taboo, land-oriented activities before fishing. galimlim

activity

To work; job, activity. maruweel

acts

To perform propitious acts; to abstain; propitiate; to make safe. gafaeliy

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add

To add to, to put with, to stick something to something; to put things together. chaagiy

To add to, to join two things, to match up, to mix in. puthuy

To add to, to put with. yigey

added

To be together, united, stuck unto something; be added to. chaag

Grated food and water added. roogäch

Added to, or stuck to. yagag

address

Term of address to a younger male. tam

Term of address for grandmother. tiit

Term of address used to a girl. tin

Term of address to a close friend. tooq

adhere

To stick, adhere. gabael

adjectives

Is, be, the attributive predicator, occurring with both adjectives ("Ba gaaq ea bi ney") and nouns ("Ba naqun ea bi ney"). A, an, the indefinite article. It may be used specifically, as "Ka gu guy ba baabiy", in which a specific pig is in mind, generically, as "Gu ba qadaag ba baabiy", or definitively, as in "Bi ney ea ba baabiy" (answering "Maang ea bi ney?"). ba

administer

To plan, administer, arrange, order. gaagyëg

To plan, administer, arrange, order. gaagyëg naag

administration

The government, administration. qaam

admire

To look at and admire. seebaeliy

adopt

To pick, pluck off, as a leaf; to adopt a child. poef

adult

To wear a single loin cloth by an adult; single loin cloth worn by an adult man. machiy

Adult, mature person. piqilal

To grow old, be old, to mature, be adult. qilal

adultery

Love affair, sectet dating, adultery, fornication. qiling

advance

Advance order of fish according to custom. dabung

To advance order according to Yapese custom. maaraay

To advance order according to Yapese custom. maaraay naag

adze

Type of small shell which lives in the mangrove or amongst the rocks, about an inch long and dark in color; adze. A type of hand-ax that looks much like a hoe, but smaller. children's talk for male genitals. bachngul

Type of adze. galchaangal

Type of adze, axe. k'eethäm

Adze handle. moel

To ricochet, bounce off; to chip, as with an adze; to whittle, to plane. sirif

To whittle, to plane, to shave wood, to knock off chips as with an adze, to adze, to chip; to strike a match. thir

To whittle, to plane, to shave wood, to knock off chips as with an adze, to adze, to chip; to strike a match. thirif

To whittle, to plane, to shave wood, to knock off chips as with an adze, to adze, to chip; to strike a match. thirthir

Adze, axe. tow

Type of adze with curved blade. tow ni goey

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affair

Love affair, sectet dating, adultery, fornication. qiling

affairs

Secret love affairs. meqiling

affirmation

To nod the head in affirmation. guchim

afraid

Afraid; worry. digow

Fear of the person or thing you're afraid of. digowean

Brave, courageous, not afraid of anything; a target not easily hit. faluuq

To be scared of something, be afraid of something. madugdaeg

Scared, afraid, apprehensive, fearful. magar

To worry about, fear, be afraid of, be apprehensive of. magareag

To be afraid, to fear. rus

To be afraid of; worry about. rus naag

after

The first two days (or nights) after the full moon when moon is seen in the east right on the horizon. bachaaw

The wood of any hibiscus plants after the bark has been stripped off. bal'iy

To take a chance after being told of the danger involved. biibiy

The non-fibrous part left from coconut husk after qaaw is removed. buluth

Cresent moon after new moon seen in the west. bungol

To lust after sexually (woman in general). daawol

To lust after sexually (woman in general). daawol naag

To lust after sexually. därngal

To lust after sexually. dirngal

Two days after tomorrow. duk'uuf

To take after, as a child after his father. fil

To uncover a cooked pot of food; to come to the surface of the water after being under. foer

Tomorrow, the day after today. gabuul

To purse, of anus after defecating, especially of chicken. gumgum

Day after tomorrow. länglaeth

Day after tomorrow. längleeth

To probe after, as with a toothpick; to grope in a hole. liilik'iy

To chase, run after. l'oel'oeg

The stub of a branch left on a tree after a part of it has broken off. madang

Silt in water after it has been agitated. magërgër

To chase, run after. mal'ool'oog

To look after, as children, etc.; to guard, watch over. watchman, guard. matanag

To look after, as children, etc.; to guard, watch over. matanagiy

To spring up, as grass after a fire; jump up, as people in a panic. muguw

To calm down, as after a storm. paslag

To calm down, as after a storm. paslëg

To wash hands, as after eating. riiq paaq

Yaqan but always after u. sun

Consequence, after, side effects of human action. weenagan

Third day after full moon. woedalip

Ceremony after someone has been buried. yaqal

afterbirth

Placenta, afterbirth. kaan

Foot of the bed; low place (socially); afterbirth. The color black, dark-colored. taqay

aftermath

Its weight or aftermath. luburean

afternoon

Late afternoon from about noon to midnight. baleayaal'

Late afternoon, or early evening. ganaawurug

Afternoon. mathigyaal'

Afternoon. pal

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again

To be permissible to galimlim again. falmaar

Also, again, yet, still. ku

Hard, strong, forceful, stiff; short-tempered; bad sport; left over and reuseable thatch on a roof when you're going to thatch again; ripe, as fruit. qël

against

To bump against lightly; graze. bit'

To repeatedly bump against, touch. bit'bit'

To bump against lightly; graze. but'

To collide against. chaafin naag

To stick to, attach, be up against;. gabad

To stick to, attach, be up against. gabadiy

To lean against. gireey'

To lean against. gireq

To lean against something. gireqeg

Seat back, something to lean against, back rest. maagireeq

Seat back, something to lean against, back rest. maagireey'

Against current. miit ea daay

To rub against. mileegich

To rub against. mileegichiy

Crushed, jammed against. muquuquy

To fall down, bump against, hit against. pum

To hit against, pound, beat a person up (slang); to tattoo. qän

To graze against, to richochet. sabthar

To graze against, to richochet. sabthareag

To graze against, to richochet. sabthariy

To rub something against something repeatedly. sursuruy

To rub, graze against repeatedly. suusuruy

Against, opposed, anti. tagoopaluw

To collide against; to hit accidentally. tun

To be restrained, held back; to collide against repeatedly. tuntun

To collide against repeatedly. tuntuneeg

age

Old; old age, old person. labthir

Middle in age, of siblings. mooruw

Girl, women of child-bearing age. rugood

Wrinkled, from age, of betel nut. woew

Wrinkled, from age, of betel nut. woewwoew

To coil around, as of a vine around something, to embrace; to be wrinkled from age, of betel nut. yabachbach

Generation, age. yangar

Be in same age group. yuuyangar

ages

Bunch from which coconut palm nuts grow; generation (of ages); four copra strung together for mitmiit. wanguuy

agility

Agility. paatag

agitate

To pull up, dig up, wake up, agitate, stir up, root up continously or repeatedly. pugpuug

To pull up, root up, wake up, stir up, agitate, dig up. puug

To pull up, stir up, root up, agitate, wake up; agitated, stirred up. puw

agitated

Silt in water after it has been agitated. magërgër

To pull up, stir up, root up, agitate, wake up; agitated, stirred up. puw

ago

Past time, a while ago, before. faraam

Long ago, ancient. kaakaroom

agree

To give instructions or directions; to agree; to date someone; to meet by appointment. madil naag

agreement

To give a message to someone, to make an agreement, appointment or date with someone; a date, agreement, appointment. madil

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ahead

First, ahead, in front of,, before; the front. m'oon

First, ahead, in front of, before; the front. soomm'oon

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ai

ailment

Type of skin ailment; type of necklace. girmow

aiming

Inaccurate, of aiming. chalaf

aimlessly

To wander about aimlessly. garbael

To drift around aimlessly. män'maen'

Wind, air; to wander, roam around aimlessly. nifeeng

To wander about aimlessly; a crack in glass. saath

air

To catch something, as a ball, flying in the air. fachoel

To catch something, as a ball, flying in the air. fachoeliy

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. far

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. foor

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. for

To burst out, of bursts of air, as when a puffer fish blows up. f'uuf'uw

Wind, air; to wander, roam around aimlessly. nifeeng

Air plane. sikoekii

Air plane. sikoekiy

Tail in air, or feet in the air. tiibool

airplane

Airplane. hikoekii

airport

Airport. hikoejoe

Airport. sikoejoe

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al

albatross

Brown albatross. gowaang

alcoholic

Bar, public place for drinking alcoholic beverages. baar

alert

Alert. maqod qaraan

Alert, on the fall, fast to act. paanag

algea

Moss; certain type of fungus or algea. l'aal'aaw

alive

Alive, living. fas

To enliven, make alive; to raise crops; to resurrect. faseag

all

Good enough; all right. bung

In dancing: at the beginning when all dancers are lined up, but sitting, or standing quietly, waiting for the dance to start. chap

You all. dapiy

To scatter, separate, spread things all over; two divorce two people. dareag

Someone who is sick all the time. finm'aar

All. gabiin

All, every. gubiin

Broken, snapped in two; all set. m'ing

Wrinkled, curly, wavy, all broken up. m'ingm'ing

To be finished, ended, done, all gone. mus

To peel all the way down, e.g. banana, etc. paangalik'

All broken up, multiply blistered, as from sunburn. pilpil

All, everything. qörngin

Quantity of, amount of, all of, as much of, every, everyone, everybody. qurngin

All in a row. tafach

allergenic

Infected, bad, poisonous, allergenic; to criticize someone, to "bad mouth". qadaaw

alligator

Alligator, crocodile. gaayuch

all-knowing

Sage, all-knowing magic person. saethiiw

Sage, all-knowing magic person. saethuw

Sage, all-knowing magic person. soethuw

allow

To leave, let, let alone, let go, permit, allow, drop, throw, loose, release; to show, of a movie. paag

allowing

Type of fishing. drop-line fishing while allowing the boat to drift with the current. Done in breakers outside of reef. fadilaeg

almost

Almost ripe, of fruit. magorgor

To almost slap; to make a slap at someone but to hold back at the last instant; tilting, like a tree. mear

To almost slap; to take a slap at someone but to hold back at at the last instant. saakaleag

alone

To leave, let, let alone, let go, permit, allow, drop, throw, loose, release; to show, of a movie. paag

along

A type of tree with a whitish sap that grows along the shoreline. A ball use for playing. A time or occasion of playing ball. baat'

To eat fish or meat along with food. th'aag

alphabet

Letter of the alphabet. leetraa

already

To bury a new corpse inside the grave that's already been used to bury another corpse before. bigbigiy ea yaam'

also

Lavalava or waistband made in Ulithi; worn by Yapese men as a waistband and by Outer Island women as a wrap-around skirt, and also used in the Outer Islands for burying the dead; woven from banana stem fiber, and also from cotton thread. The common kinds are black and white, but they are also made with various colors and patterns. baagiy

Classifier for betel nuts and certain fruits, also for lines. bael'

Village in Ruul; it is also the main village in Ruul. Balaabaat'

To press, push down on, weigh on; also kind of productive magic. dilaey'

To press, push down on, weigh on; also a kind of productive magic. dileq

Also, again, yet, still. ku

Half; also counter for sticks and long objects. lëy

Cloth, clothing; also used for baatee. maad

Part of kafor on the right side, also "outskirt" of qoeng, as opposed to underskirt, n'ayaan. machgar

Sweet tasting; also used to refer to sexual climax. magqën

Young coconut meat; to be pale; to turn pale, as lips when cold. Also for egg white. manaaw

Classifier for betel nuts and certain fruits, also for lines, strings, etc. yael'

altar

Altar for magic; headquarter. toochuuch

alternate

To alternate, take turns; to be different, to differ. thilthiil

although

To imply or to mean although not outright. faan naag

always

Someone who nags, always asking for the same thing over and over. feekchilig

Yaqan but always after u. sun

Always lucky. yuuq

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am

ambidexterous

Basket with two n'eys; ambidexterous. gilröw

America

Balsa wood, which floats in from South America. The wood is used for corks for bottles, floats for nets, etc.; any soft light wood like this. badbaad

America; the English language; type of banana. Mariikeen

Americans

The island in Palau called Angaur by Americans. A Yapese dance composed in Angaur, belonging to Tamil. One of the type of dance called gaasleaw. Yaawur

among

To pick a few from among the possible. baat'eag

Root of a type of tree (qafruur) which grows among the mangroves, the root of which is pointed and sticks up above the water. baen'

amongst

Type of small shell which lives in the mangrove or amongst the rocks, about an inch long and dark in color; adze. A type of hand-ax that looks much like a hoe, but smaller. children's talk for male genitals. bachngul

amount

Quantity of, amount of, all of, as much of, every, everyone, everybody. qurngin

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an

ancestors

Ancestors, descendants. lik' ea gaal'

anchor

Anchor. qaangkar

Anchor; to anchor. yiluuy

Anchor; to anchor. yuluuy

anchored

Husking stick, one that is anchored down. gasfath

anchor-minded

To be single-minded, obsessed. To have the mind fixed on one thing. (Literally: "anchor-minded") yiluuy-aen'

ancient

Ancient songs and chant; kind of song in which a group sing. dafeal'

Long ago, ancient. kaakaroom

anemone

Type of sea anemone. gawuch

Sea anemone. turmeen

Angaur

The island in Palau called Angaur by Americans. A Yapese dance composed in Angaur, belonging to Tamil. One of the type of dance called gaasleaw. Yaawur

angel

Angel. qeangel

anger

To shout, as in anger. waqchar

angle

To fish with straight line, to angle. lum'eag

angrily

To feel rejected, reject angrily; sulk. duur

Reject angrily, sulk. tubqël

angry

Angry, mad. damuumuw

Angry, mad. puw-aen'

Angry, mad. qalal-aen'

Angry, mad. qall-aen'

To get mad, angry, ready to quarrel, to bristle. thung

animal

Skin of an animal; hide. biyach

Fur, of animal. buchöq

Suddenly to get up and go, as if one had just remembered something one had to do; to leave in a hurry; to ^split^; to thrash like a wild animal. chigar

To struggle to win, as an animal or person caught. chiichigar

To raise or nurture, as children, animal. chugöliy

To raise or nurture, as children or animal. chugul

To feed, as a person or an animal. daruwoq

To feed, as a person or an animal. daruwoqiy

To feed; water a person or an animal. duruwoqiy

Its bark, skin (but not of an animal or human). fitiyuruq

To dig, root, as an animal. furuy

Horn of an animal; awl. spike tool; tool for husking coconuts. gaagëy

Animal. gamanmaan

Pen, as for pig or other animal. maaroor

Kind of animal. roguy

animals

Worm, especially those that are parasitic to humans or other animals. faakl'uud

To crawl; crawling animals. garaaraaw

To crawl; crawling animals. garooraaw

Wild, untamed, of animals. magaagar

Milk (of animals, not humans). meelik

A pen for animals. suum

ankle

Pain in teeth from eating acid or sweet food; sprained ankle. marchum

Twisted, of ankle. marup

anoint

To anoint or paint the body. liif

To anoint or paint the body. liyef

To smear, anoint. peeriqiy

To apply, to anoint. thiy

another

Paper; book; letter, written from one person to another. baabiyor

To bury a new corpse inside the grave that's already been used to bury another corpse before. bigbigiy ea yaam'

To cut a piece of wood so that another piece will fit nicely into it. boeboey

Make a notch in a piece of wood for another piece to fit. böqbuqiy

Touch something to another thing. matheag

To be unstable, go from one thing to another. qafqaf

To strip a piece of skin of the husk of a coconut to tie it to another that was likewise stripped, in order to carry them. theethey

another's

Arms around one another's shoulders. paalyëg

answering

Is, be, the attributive predicator, occurring with both adjectives ("Ba gaaq ea bi ney") and nouns ("Ba naqun ea bi ney"). A, an, the indefinite article. It may be used specifically, as "Ka gu guy ba baabiy", in which a specific pig is in mind, generically, as "Gu ba qadaag ba baabiy", or definitively, as in "Bi ney ea ba baabiy" (answering "Maang ea bi ney?"). ba

ant

Type of large, black ant. gan'ing

Type of ant. gin'gin'

Type of brown ant. k'iith

Type of brown ant. k'ithk'iith

Type of small brown ant. n'igin'

Type of ant. qaprigog

Queen ant, termite. weeluwol

anti

Against, opposed, anti. tagoopaluw

anus

His anus. geeq

His anus. geey'

My anus. giqiy

To purse, of anus after defecating, especially of chicken. gumgum

His anus. laen geeq

His anus. laen geey'

To wipe the anus. l'iif

any

Balsa wood, which floats in from South America. The wood is used for corks for bottles, floats for nets, etc.; any soft light wood like this. badbaad

The wood of any hibiscus plants after the bark has been stripped off. bal'iy

To stand something up that was laying down. To open up a crab of any kind. bigbigiy

Stump of a coconut tree; when possessed it may refer to the stump of any kind of tree. bulbul

Heat of any physical object which can be touched. chogow

There is not any. daqan riy

Hibiscus tree; loincloth or any sort of cloth made from hibiscus bark. gaal'

To bother someone, as when he's fishing so that he won't catch any fish. maalaang

Coconut; coconut tree spine; any trunk, as of a tree. niiw

Type of quart bottle, any cylindrical bottle. yabachbach

anyone

Help anyone who is in piteous condition. chathawal

To help anyone who is in piteous condition. chathawaliy

anything

Just covered by tide, or anything. chap

To suck (as breast); to suckle; to suck anything. doedöqöy

Brave, courageous, not afraid of anything; a target not easily hit. faluuq

Left over from anything; slow to move. magëch

Person who will eat anything. malunglaeng

Flint; anything hard like flint. pachëq

Bundle of anything like long sticks, bamboo, etc. thum

anyway

To marry children of brothers, anyway people of one tabinaew. mayuw buqöy

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ap

apart

To spread apart, of a girl's legs. gurudiy

To spread apart, of a girl's legs. mogorod

appear

To appear, become visible. m'uug

appearance

Fitting in appearance. gaamog

Appearance, of something with a bad appearance. gusun

Bad, offensive, of smell, appearance, etc. kan

appears

Spirit that appears through a person, familiar spirit. thagith

appetite

To feel glutted; lose appetite for something by overeating. fang-aen'

To whet, as one's appetite. k'ook'oy

applaud

To clap the hands, applaud. waay

To clap the hands, applaud. waaywaay

apple

Apple, star-apple, mountain apple. qarfaath

Apple, star-apple, mountain apple. qarfaath ni ngabchëy

apply

To apply, to anoint. thiy

appointment

To give a message to someone, to make an agreement, appointment or date with someone; a date, agreement, appointment. madil

To give instructions or directions; to agree; to date someone; to meet by appointment. madil naag

Date, appointment. yaar

appointments

Appointments, dates. tamadil

apppearance

Picture of, form of, apppearance of, image of, soul of, spirit of. yaqan

apprehensive

Scared, afraid, apprehensive, fearful. magar

To worry about, fear, be afraid of, be apprehensive of. magareag

approach

To approach. qanag

To approach, arrive. qanog

approaching

To boil; snore; purr; sound of approaching rain. ligil

approximately

Springtime, approximately late March. dawëy

About, approximately. goonapan

About, approximately. goonap'an

Approximately. sagoonopan

April

The month of April. maraggil

The month of April. Qapriil

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ar

arch

To bend, as a bow or arch. boereeg

To bend as a bow or arch. boor

archer

Type of fish, archer fish. qathaang

archway

Japanese ornamental gate or archway. moong

area

To things that area connected together. mathyach

Attic, area under roof; type of rock formation in the sea. quliy

areas

Type of bird that lives in taro patches. Type of bird that lives in swampy areas, like taro patches. It is smaller than a gap'luw (small blackbird), and has a very complex song. when only one is singing, you would think it was three or four. baal'

argue

To argue. maeluqag thiin

arguement

To side of a person in an arguement as if he's right. bigbigiy beaq

To side one in an arguement. fool ngaak'

argument

Give in, in an argument. m'ing fean

arise

To wake up, awake, arise, get up. qod

To wake up, awake, arise, get up. qodqod

arm

To clap by slapping the crook of the arm. gaeluch

His hand, his arm; one's responsibilities; branch; classifier for branches. paaq

To clap by slapping the crook of the arm. pool

To clap by slapping the crook of the arm. poolpool

To carry under the arm. qalibey

Elephantiasis of stomach, scrotum, arm, etc. siimaaw

To come tumbling down; to arm wrestle. theek

To topple, fall over, lean; to arm wrestle. thig

arm-hold

A type of arm-hold. weel

armor

Armor tank. taangkuu

armpit

His armpit. taqalibean

arms

To carry things in the arms or hands clutched to the chest so that it won't fall. dabar

To carry things in the arms or hands cluched to the chest so that it won't fall. dabar naag

To carry things in the arms or hands clutched to the chest so that it won't fall. dabariy

Arms around one another's shoulders. paalyëg

To carry one by supporting under his arms. poeliy

Elephantasis of arms or legs. saesyow

arm's

To push something away, to keep at arm's length. thuruy

Army

Leave (as from Army). liib

around

Tangled, of string or rope; coiled around each other, coiled up. bachbach

To wrap or wind around, as a rope, line, string around a cylindrical object. baechiy

To roll or coil something up repeatedly, continuosly or completely; to roll or wind a line around something completely. bichbichiy

To roll or coil something up; to roll or wind a line around something bichiy

To rush around in an excited state. burteal

Rush around in an excited state. burtël

To look around. chaachangar

To look around for something. chaachangar naag

To fly around. chaachangëg

To look around wonderingly. chabcheab

To look at; to look around. changar

To turn around, spin, rotate. cheal

To turn around, spin rotate. chealcheal

To turn something around; spin or rotate something; to start an engine car, etc. cheeleeg

To coil or wrap itself around a pole, said of vines, yams, beans, etc. choediy

To move around repeatedly. doomaa

To play, fool around; walk around. faafeäl

To tie around waist. faas

To reverse the sail of a canoe; to turn the sail of a canoe around; to tack. gaach

To kid around, fool around; playful. galaesuw

To spread, scatter something around. garaareag

To spread about, scatter around. garear

Enough to go around. k'af

To be filled or diffused with something; be plentiful, copious; be spread around, as news. koth

To be filled or diffused with something; be plentiful, copious; be spread around, as news. kotheag

Lavalava, wrap around clothing. laablaab

Wrap a piece of cloth around the waist. laablaab

A stick; to poke around in a hole. leak'

To turn over, to twist around, to rotate, to turn. leepey

Thing worn by a man (only piiluung) around neck, which looks like a grass skirt, made from gaal. ligow

To twist around, to turn over, to rotate, to turn. loeloepey

To turn over, to twist around, to rotate, to turn. loepey

To drift around aimlessly. män'maen'

Wind, air; to wander, roam around aimlessly. nifeeng

Arms around one another's shoulders. paalyëg

Kind of game like capture the flag bun run around the port. qachuumaaree

To flop around, as a fish. qadaldal

To tie a loop around. qupöliy

Somewhat tangled, coiled around, of string or rope. sabachbach

To coil around, as of a vine around something, to embrace; to be wrinkled from age, of betel nut. yabachbach

To walk around, go around. yaenyaen

To make a fence around something. yarooriy

aroused

Sexually aroused. makaakëy

arrange

Arrange to do something. fool dammal

To plan, administer, arrange, order. gaagyëg

To plan, administer, arrange, order. gaagyëg naag

To arrange. yabag

To arrange, put in order. yabagiy

arrangement

Plan, arrangement. tanom

arrive

To drift. To drift and arrive somewhere; to beach. madab

To reach, arrive at, meet. madaq

To approach, arrive. qanog

To arrive; to be possible; to occur; to happen. taaw

To arrive at the top, to surmount. thag

arrived

Pertains to foreigners, especially white skinned ones. So called because they were thought to have arrived from foam in the ocean. faak ea wuth

To make a sound so that people will know you have arrived. meer

arrowroot

Arrowroot. chabchab

arrows

Bow for shooting arrows. gat'ing

article

Is, be, the attributive predicator, occurring with both adjectives ("Ba gaaq ea bi ney") and nouns ("Ba naqun ea bi ney"). A, an, the indefinite article. It may be used specifically, as "Ka gu guy ba baabiy", in which a specific pig is in mind, generically, as "Gu ba qadaag ba baabiy", or definitively, as in "Bi ney ea ba baabiy" (answering "Maang ea bi ney?"). ba

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as

ascend

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. far

To go up, up hill, ascend, go up a slope. farthog

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. foor

To go uphill, ascend, rise; come to the surface of the water for air. for

To rise, ascend, as in water. forfor

ascenting

To nod in ascenting. gachim naag

ascertain

To support, establish, fix, determine, set, steady, make firm, make certain, ascertain, make definite. duugiliy

To determine, make definite, certain, to fix, to decide, ascertain. turuguy

ascertained

Supported, leaned on; certain, established. fixed; determined, ascertained, set, steady, firm, definite; stand, as opposed to sitting; to stop moving, as a car. duugil

ash

Type of climbing vine, ash pumpkin. thalruus

Type of climbing vine, ash pumpkin. tharruus

Ash pumpkin. toogaang

ashamed

To be ashamed, or turn pale. saak'aaw

Ashamed, embarrassed, shy. taamaraq

ashes

Charcoal or ashes from coconut shells. k'arfin

Charcoal or ashes form coconut shells. qaffin

Flying ashes or sparks. qalburbur

Ashes. qawaat

aside

To cast aside, as trash. garpëy

To put something aside to ripen. lib

To put something aside to ripen. libeeg

To cast aside carelessly or roughly. qataraapëy

To push someone aside with the hands. tharab

To push someone aside with the hands. tharabeeg

To sweep something aside, as with the edge of the hand. yoothor

To sweep something aside, as with the edge of the hand. yoothor naag

ask

To question someone; to ask. deqer

To question someone; to ask a question. deqeriy

To ask someone something. fiith

To ask questions, questioning someone, investigate. fithfiith

To beg, ask for. maen

To beg, ask for. niing

A kind of women's dance in which they ask for things. tayoer

To humble oneself, to ask for pardon, forgiveness. weeniig

asking

Someone who nags, always asking for the same thing over and over. feekchilig

assemble

To build something; to put something together; to assemble something. chaamëy

To build something; to put something together; to assemble something. chaamiy

assembly

Gathering, group, assembly, collection; eating rank. mookun

Meeting, gathering, assembly, group, collection. moqulung

Meeting, gathering, assembly, group, collection. muqulung

Gathering, group, assembly, collection; eating rank. muukun

Pile, stack, group, colelection, gathering, assembly. qulung

A place where people meet, sort of like an assembly hall. tawes

associate

To associate with in eating, eat together. tabwoq

asthma

Asthma. matungufaan

Asthma. qafqaf

Asthma. tunguufaan

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at

atoll

Atoll. doonguch ni lugumathaaw

An atoll in Ponape district. Ganaat

attach

To stick to, attach, be up against;. gabad

To stick to, attach, be up against. gabadiy

To stick something to something, attach. gabäliy

attain

To attain an eating rank; to fold, as paper. duguy

To attain, achieve. nameag

To attain, achieve. namiy

attention

Opposite of feek yaath; pay close attention to. matoo girdiiq

To listen to, to pay attention to. matooyil

attic

Attic, area under roof; type of rock formation in the sea. quliy

attributive

Is, be, the attributive predicator, occurring with both adjectives ("Ba gaaq ea bi ney") and nouns ("Ba naqun ea bi ney"). A, an, the indefinite article. It may be used specifically, as "Ka gu guy ba baabiy", in which a specific pig is in mind, generically, as "Gu ba qadaag ba baabiy", or definitively, as in "Bi ney ea ba baabiy" (answering "Maang ea bi ney?"). ba

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au

audacious

To itch, be hot, like peeper; be daring, audacious. mak'adk'aad

August

The month of August. maakaan

The month of august. Qaawguust

authoritative

An authoritative word, official order from a chief to publish certain information. thiinog

authority

Authority, rule. gil'iilunguun

To sit up, be erect, be in authority. suwon

King, authority. yalung

automobile

Car, automobile. kaamoech

Car, automobile; cart. kaarroo

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av

avoid

To avoid something; to divert something. cheefeeg

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aw

await

To wait for, await. keqening

awake

To wake up, awake, arise, get up. qod

To wake up, awake, arise, get up. qodqod

Hard to awake from sleep. t'aay qawochean

aware

To be aware of, learn unexpectedly; to realize. naaqab

To be aware of, to learn unexpectedly; to realize. naqab

away

To turn away from wind, turn to leeward, turn to outrigger side, turn downwind; leeward, leeside, downwind, outrigger side. gaag

Lee or downwind side of canoe, side away from outrigger. gaarwol

To toss something away with force. garaapëy

To shoo away, chase away. laang

Far away, distant. maal'aaf

To throw away, to lose. n'aeg

Far away, distant. paal'af

Far away, distant. paal'of

To throw away with great force, or as if it is garbage. qatalapëy

To throw away with great force, or as if it is garbage. qatarapëy

Far away, distant. qoreel

Far away, distant. qureel

To chase violently away. suruy

To fall away; to disappear. thaey

To chase away. tharath

To chase away. tharathiy

To fend away repeatedly. thurthuruy

To push something away, to keep at arm's length. thuruy

Far away, distant. toqoreel

To chase away, shoo away. tuluf

awkward

Awkward, as in dancing. yaarfath

Awkward, as in dancing. yarfath

awl

Horn of an animal; awl. spike tool; tool for husking coconuts. gaagëy

awoke

Easily awoke from sleep. qod qaraan

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ax

axe

To swing, as an axe, a knife, etc. furuy

Type of adze, axe. k'eethäm

Adze, axe. tow

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Yapese Dictionary, web edition
revision 1/6/2017
email: John Thayer Jensen (compiler) – Stephen Trussel (web production)