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waist

His waist, middle, core. daqorlean

To tie around waist. faas

Wrap a piece of cloth around the waist. laablaab

His waist; its middle, its center, its core. lukngun

waistband

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

Men's clothing, waistband. tamëy

wait

To wait for. kaqaning

To wait for, await. keqening

To wait for, to hold on. sitiniiniy

To wait. soen

To wait for. soen naag

To wait for. tiniiniy

waiting

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

Waiting. mäsoen

wake

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

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

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

walk

To play, fool around; walk around. faafeäl

To walk a drunken man by half carrying him. gapuuliy

To take a walk, to promenade. sayänyaen

To walk tiptoe. soek'oel

To walk tiptoe. soek'öl

To walk tiptoe. soek'ul

To go, walk. yaen

To walk around, go around. yaenyaen

walking

To pull or push a canoe while walking in water. madaagil

To pull or push a conoe while walking in water. madaagiliy

Walking stick. soog

Abreast, side-by-side in walking. tilfaafat

wall

Man-made river bank or levee; stone wall. chabog

To make a levee or a stone wall. chabogiy

To weave; woven wall. luum'

The weaving of the wall of a house. machig

To weave, as a wall. muul'

Wall. rungrung

To surround with a wall, to wall-in. rungrunguy

Hanging basket on the wall. tangrig

wallet

Wallet, billfold. saayfuu

wall-in

To surround with a wall, to wall-in. rungrunguy

wallless

Wallless, unwalled, of a partially finished house. garngaab

walls

Footing beam for walls and beams. taaq

wander

To wander about aimlessly. garbael

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

To wander about aimlessly; a crack in glass. saath

want

Sugar cane; something so good you don't want to stop doing it. mak'il

To like, love, want. qadaag

To like, love, want somewhat. qadqadaag

To like, love, want somewhat. saqadqadaag

war

War spear; pointed piece of land in taro patch. dilaek

War, battle. mael

War, in dances. maluul

Fish weir made of stone; council, especially for war. qëch

warn

A charm placed on property to warn potential thief. bungud

To put a charm on property to warn potential thief. bungudiy

warning

Warning cry; watch out, get out of the way. walëq

Word of warning, like "watch out!". yalëq

warship

Warship. maenuwaa

wash

To wash, bathe. luk

To wash. luk naag

To wash. lukuy

To wash, bathe. maeluk

To wash; to bathe, to rinse. maeluk naag

To wash something, to bathe. maelukuy

To wash ritually, to shampoo the hair as a ceremonial cleansing. n'ëy

To wash sloppily and not being properly cleaned. qatbariiriy

To wash hands, as after eating. riiq paaq

Small wash basin. seemeengkii

Large wash tub. taaraay

washing

Grated coconut for washing the body; to use chilif. chilif

washroom

A type of public transportation; bus washroom, shower room. baas

wasp

Bee, wasp; to buzz, hum. nguul

waste

To waste. koeth

To waste. koethkoeth

To waste. qadabëy

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

wasted

To be being wasted, supererogatory. moqadaab

watch

Clock, watch; o'clock. kalook

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

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

Warning cry; watch out, get out of the way. walëq

Word of warning, like "watch out!". yalëq

watchman

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

watch-out-for

To spy, watch-out-for. damiit naag

To spy, watch-out-for. damiteeg

water

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'

To wilt, as the leaves of a tree due to lack of water. batbat

Bubble, as water. buubuw

Food prepared by grinding and then mixing with ground copra and water. chamcham

To prepare food by grinding and then mixing with ground copra and water. chamchamiy

To prepare food by grinding, then mixing with copra and water; to stick a pole in the ground to hang things on. chimchimiy

Coconut shell with only a small hole in the top used to dip water with. daag

Salt water, sea water; tide, flow of salt water; tidal season. daay

Type of bottom fish that lives in muddy water. dabung

To make waves on water. daqëchqëch

Bank to hold water in maqut. dowoq

To boil, as water. dulunguy

To feed; water a person or an animal. duruwoqiy

Type of fish that originate in fresh water, or born in fresh water, and move to salt water when it matures. faak ea raen

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

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

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 with something, bring up as from bottom of water. foreag

To rise, ascend, as in water. forfor

Classifier for leaves, hair, water, etc. gaaf

Copra cream put on water to make it calm. gabley

Copra cream put on water to make it calm. gabrear

Current in the sea, fresh water. gireeng

To make a ripple on the water, as by a fish. lap'ëy

Salt water eel, type of fish. lawoth

To turn back and forth, spin, as a log in water. leapleap

Kind of salt water crab. leemiit

Bank to hold water in taro patch. libeq

To get water in, as a canoe; to scoop, dip, ladle. l'iing

Reflection, as of sunlight on water. loelfiy

Salt water eel, type of fish. looth

Type of fresh water fish. lumlum

River, stream, creek; to leak, drip, flow, run (of water); to slip down, slide down, fall down; to play hooky, be lazy. luul'

Reflection, as of sunlight on water. luulfiy

To leak, drip, flow, run (as water) continuously; to slip down. luul'luul'

To dip water. luum'

Well for water. luweed

Sweet water melon. maaqiis

Kind of tribute paid on third fishing expedition in someone else's water. Return which one has a right to expect from one's children. maar

To pull or push a canoe while walking in water. madaagil

To pull or push a conoe while walking in water. madaagiliy

Sea, ocean, salt water; mermaid, sea nymph; to launch a canoe for the first time, to use a net or raft in the water for the first time. madaay

To float, to drift on water. maen'

Silt in water after it has been agitated. magërgër

To slosh, of coconuts with water inside. mangaang'

Type of land crab; type of fresh water eel, type of fish; type of spirit. mangarngear

Rippled, of water. maqachqëch

Source of water. miit ea raen

To bail water and carry. muul'

Infused with whether, gas by something, or water, cloth, etc.; to be an expert in something. nad

Wave (as in water, ripple). n'eew

Kind of magic to cause a canoe to flip over back to upright, getting water out in the process. pachael garngaab

To be showing or visible, as at the surface of water. puupuw

Kidney; gizzard, crop (of bird), craw; very young coconut; type of salt water mollusc. qachibaay

To ripple, as water. qachqachuy

To ripple, as water. qachuy

Depth, bottom (of water); cloudy, murky, muddy, of water. qaer

Cloudy, murky, muddy, of water. qärqaer

To stir up, to muddy (water). qärqaruy

To mix, as water and sugar. qarukuy

To stop back and forth, as water in bottle. qëchqëch

Fungus disease, cold water itches. quraey

Its water or water from it. raan

Its water or water from it. raanggin

Its water or water from it. raangin

Water, juice. raen

Ceremic water container that looks like a gourd. rimeaq

Muddy, of water which has been stirred up. roekroek

Grated food and water added. roogäch

Piece of land which juts into water. taban ea m'uuth

Raise a ruckus in the water to chase fish into a net; type of fishing. tuultuul

Mooring post or piling in water for boats and canoes. waag

To be completely filled with water, as of boat. waamus

To be soaked, as with water. waenum

To soak, as with water. waenumiy

To lift out of the water (of the outrigger). yaang

watercress

Watercress plant. kaangkoong

Watercress plant. kaangkuung

watermelon

Watermelon. mayis

waterspout

Tornado, waterspout. naenyor

watery

Watery, runny, as food, mud, etc. bärbaer

To make muddy, watery, runny. bärbäriy

Somewhat runny, watery. sabärbaer

Watery. taburaen

wave

Tidal wave, tsunami. Daay ni Bool

Generation; "wave" of sea, etc. mëy

Wave (as in water, ripple). n'eew

Coming in wave. yuumëy

Coming in wave, as the wind; being in a single generation. yuuyuumëy

wavelets

Ripples, wavelets. daqachwoq

waves

To make waves on water. daqëchqëch

To shatter, crack, as glass; break, as waves; decrease, of a swelling. pil

wavy

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

Wavy, like an iron roof. tan'eewn'eew

way

To do that way, like that over there. daram

A particular way of sitting down in a sitting-down dance. faath

To curse by pursing the lips in a certain way. gargear

To get out of the way. gilaef

To be diverted, turn the wrong way. gucheaf

Way, road, path, method. kanaawoq

Transportation, means of getting somewhere; translation, of language; mediator, Jesus; way. maqab

Transportation, means of getting somewhere; translation, of language; mediator, Jesus; way. maqaf

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

To move, get out of the way. piloeq

A particular way of life or a particular behavior. rëgrëg

Its way, road, method. rogon

To make something look one way. soopeag

To move in a weaving back and forth way, like a drunk. tawaangwaang

To coil up in a disorderly way. tilbugbuguy

Warning cry; watch out, get out of the way. walëq

His road, way. wol'

Its custom, method, way, tradition; trump (in cards). yalean

Way, custom, method, tradition; writing, tattoo; to write. yool

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weak

Weak. meqwaer

Weak, not strong. moqwaer

Weak, less. waer

Out of shape, weak. weaq

wealth

Money, currency, wealth. machaaf

Money, currency, wealth in general. macheaf

wealthy

Wealthy, hardworking, brave. madangdaang

wear

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

weather

Weather; windstorm; upwind side, bad weather; season. faang

To read the weather. gamaal

Weather. laang

To increase, as in weather. qichngiy

Weather. yafaang

weave

To weave; thread used in weaving. fireg

To weave; as garland. firegiy

To braid, plait; to tie together, string together, as a grass skirt; to weave, to tie a net. l'aeng

To weave, as a basket. lifith

To weave; woven wall. luum'

To weave. malifith

To weave (tie) net. manafat

To weave. muul

To weave, as a wall. muul'

To weave a net. nifit

To weave, as net. nifitiy

weaving

To weave; thread used in weaving. fireg

The weaving of the wall of a house. machig

To move in a weaving back and forth way, like a drunk. tawaangwaang

web

Fine thread, as in a spider web. qolqol

wed

To marry, to wed. malëq

wedding

Joining, a tying; a wedding, marriage. m'aag

To get married, to marry in church; a church wedding. m'aag paaq

A wedding ceremony. m'oey

weed

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. bayaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. bayagiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. beegiy

To cut weed carelessly. dabdab

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. l'angaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. l'angagiy

Sea weed. leem

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. mal'angaag

To go between, go through, as a fish through weed. rich

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sabaabayagiy

To weed, pull qwwsa, cut grass. sabeebeegiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sal'aal'angaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sal'aal'angagiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sibiibiyaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sibiibiyagiy

weeds

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. bayaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. bayagiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. beegiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. l'angaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. l'angagiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. mal'angaag

Bush, underbrush, brush, grass, weeds. paan

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sabaabayagiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sal'aal'angaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sal'aal'angagiy

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sibiibiyaag

To weed, pull weeds, cut grass. sibiibiyagiy

week

Celebration, holiday, Sunday, week. madnam

Day of the week, Monday. Moontaag

Day of the week, Monday. Moontaak

Week. wiik

Weeloey

Village in Weeloey. Dugor

Name of a place in Dugor, in Weeloey. Faay

Village in Weeloey. Gaetmoqon

Village in Weeloey. Kadaay

Village in Weeloey Keeng

Village in Weeloey. Maabuuq

A village in Tamil; a village in Weeloey. Maaq

A village in Weeloey. Makal

Place in Weeloey. Miley

Village in Weeloey. Min'eef

Village in Weeloey municipality. Mulroq

Village in Weeloey. Numnung

Village in Weeloey. Qadubweq

Village in Weeloey. Qaloog

A village, the capital of Weeloey. Qokaaw

weep

To cry, weep. yoer

weigh

To weigh something, to find out how much it weighs. To lighten something, make it not so heavy. A euphemism for relieving one's bowels. baaqudeeg

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

To press, push down on, weigh on. dileqiy

To weigh. toomaaleag

To weigh. toomaleag

weighs

To weigh something, to find out how much it weighs. To lighten something, make it not so heavy. A euphemism for relieving one's bowels. baaqudeeg

weight

Light in weight. baaqud

Weight, sinker on a net. faay

Its weight or aftermath. luburean

To weight or feel the weight of. sabaabaaqudeeg

To be rather light in weight. sabaabaaquud

weir

Fish weir made of stone; council, especially for war. qëch

welfare

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

well

Good, well. feal'

To recuperate, recover, get well. gool

Well for water. luweed

Good, well. maenigiil

Good, well. maenigil

well-ordered

Well-ordered baleyaq

To make well-ordered. baleyaqiy

Weloy

Place in Nimar, in Weloy. Gamaygul

Northern Yap island proper, the district including north Ruul, Weloy, Fanif, and Dalipebinaew. Marbaaq

Village in Weloy. Mulröq

Village in Weloy. Nimaar

were

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

west

Cresent moon after new moon seen in the west. bungol

West. ngael

West wind, opposed to the tradewind. sarbul

West wind, opposed to the tradewind. sorbul

western

Gatjug entrance, a passage in the western reef of Yap. Gachuug

wet

Wet. gardaq

To make wet. gardaq naag

To splash, sprinkle, wet. maqatang

Wet. mat'an

Wet from rain falling on you at the moment. mayuguq

Wet only from rain falling on you now. meyguq

Wet. moenur

Wet. muunur

A wet place. tagardaq

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whale

Necklace money made from shell or whale tooth ivory. gaaw

Type of small whale. moosmoos

Whale. raay

whales

Fish, including e.g. turtles, whales, porpoises. niig

whale's

Spine, horn, whale's teeth. gaaw

what's

Wood chips, sawdust; (when possessed) someone's faults, what's wrong with someone. thib

wheel

Pin wheel made from coconut leaf. faak ea nifeeng

Wheel. tayaapyaap

Paddle of a canoe; type of comb; steering wheel of a car; skinny. yaap'

wheelbarrow

Cart, wheelbarrow, etc. garreetaa

whet

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

Whet stone, sharpening stone. ngadaq

whether

Infused with whether, gas by something, or water, cloth, etc.; to be an expert in something. nad

which

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

while

Rotten taro which has gone bad while hung in storage. buyuub

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

Past time, a while ago, before. faraam

The part of a dance at the beginning where the ^caller^ recites the first few lines while the dancers do not dance but only clap. gaas

The part of a dance at the beginning where the ^caller^ recites the first few lines while the dancers do not dance but only clap. gaesig

A light rain which persists for a long while. gaman

To pull or push a canoe while walking in water. madaagil

To pull or push a conoe while walking in water. madaagiliy

Ugly; feces (slang); to eat fish while fishing (slang). magöngaen

Ugly; feces (slang); to eat fish while fishing (slang). magungaen

Its duration, its period, its time, when, while, during. nap'an

To have an accident in a canoe while sailing. tabrëy

whirlpool

Pot, whirlpool. th'iib

whiskey

Liquor, whiskey. rrum

whisper

To whisper. kathkaath

whistle

To whistle. falgaer

To whistle. falgear

To whistle. thowgear

white

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

Type of tree with the youngest leaves white and the rest green. baech

Type of tree with the youngest leaves white and the rest green. beach

Type of tree with leaves used as toilet-paper; its bark is used for certain medicine. Two kinds, one with red bark and the other with white bark. biid

Type of bird, white heron. buuneeney

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

Type of eel with white stripes, type of fish. fiyaath

Type of white ginger. kookooriis

Type of white sea bird. machiich

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

Light brown colored, light colored, white of skin. miräq

European, white man. ngabchëy

White chicken. ng'uung'uuy

Soft, white, growing outer wood. qalaech

Type of phosphorescent mushroom; white scar. qatmael

Type of bird, which look like a k'uleng, but slightly smaller and underneath the tail is white. It lands with a rocking motion of its body. waanbiid

The color white, lime. weach

The color white. weachweach

Multicolored, especially black and white. wupunuun'

Type of white dove-like bird with a long tail. yuug

white-finned

Type of fish, white-finned tuna. yasul

whither

Whither?, where to? ngaan

whitish

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'

whittle

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

whole

The shell of a coconut, removed whole from the husk. liiliibool

Small bits of thatch which fall from roof when it gets old. Type of roof thatch woven from whole palm fronds, rather than split ones. malabqëg

Entire, whole, complete. paloq

Entire, whole, complete. puloeq

Entire, whole, complete. puloew'

whose

Type of tree whose wood is used for building; the flower is strung into garlands. biyquch

Kind of tree whose branches are used as blowgun gaan. qawaeluch

Nurse for new-born infant, or child, or someone whose business is peqetaliiw. yariif

why

How is...? what if...? why not? ba diqiy

Cause of, purpose of, reason of, why. bachaan

Cause of, purpose of, reason of, why. chaan

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wick

Wick. wiik

wicked

Mean, stingy, wicked. kaan

width

Thin (in thickness, not width). gilgith

Width. raad

wife

To take a woman as wife, marry a wife. figirngiy

The wife of the legendary Puluwlap. Gilsaabugleal

His wife. laqan

His wife. leqngin

Man who cannot find a wife. maqaaw paaq

wild

Type of wild ginger. chifiif

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

Type of wild yam. doel

Type of woody shrub or tree; type of wild crawling vine. gabaech

Wild, or somewhat wild. maamagar

Wild, untamed, of animals. magaagar

To make wild. magaagar naag

Wild, undomesticated, lost. malbach

Type of banana; type of wild gabuuy. qasaakar

Type of wild thorny vine. rachlooy'

Type of wild yam; type of mangrove. roek

Type of wild crawling vine, like morning glory. walëy

will

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

An expression said as a kind of blessing when womeone coughs or sneezes, so he will stop. chub

To see if a thing, as a pole will reach. deadeag

Person who will eat anything. malunglaeng

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

Last words of a dying relative, in which he expresses his will for you; to speak with such. tathuum'

To span as to see if it will reach. thëtheag

willing

Competent and willing. paesig

wilt

To wilt, as the leaves of a tree due to lack of water. batbat

To wilt; dive down, of kite. maruy

win

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

wind

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

Gust of wind. buchuth

Calmness, quietness, peacefulness, of wind or sea. chäq

Calmness, quietness, peachfulness, of wind or sea. choeq

Calmness, quietness, peacefulness, of wind or sea. chöq

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

Swim bladder of a fish; diving device; breath, wind (as in one's capacity to hold one's breath). luub

Calm, quiet, peaceful, of wind or sea. moechäq

Wind direction indicator. ngiith

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

To sail with the wind; go straight without turning. quliy

To sail with the wind. quul

West wind, opposed to the tradewind. sarbul

West wind, opposed to the tradewind. sorbul

Coming in wave, as the wind; being in a single generation. yuuyuumëy

windstorm

Weather; windstorm; upwind side, bad weather; season. faang

windward

To turn upwind, turn towards outrigger side, turn to windward. faang

windy

Zig-zag; windy, as of a road. chiichiigog

wine

Coconut toddy, palm wine, palm beer. fuluubaa

Coconut toddy, palm wine, palm beer. mood

Coconut toddy, palm wine, palm beer. qachif

Wine. waayin

wing

To flap, as wing. gaeriipow

His shoulder, its wing. poen

His shoulder, its wing. puun

wings

To flap, as a bird's wings. gaerupow

wink

To wink at. t'aer qawochean

winter

A certain season; dryseason, winter. daay ni ngeek

wipe

To wipe. falëy

To wipe the anus. l'iif

To extinguish, put out, erase, cancel, wipe out, rub out, obliterate. thaeng

To extinguich, put out, erase, cancel, wipe out, rub out, obliterate. thängthaeng

wiped

Extinguished, snuffed out, as a fire; erased, wiped out, rubbed out, eradicated. maath

wiping

To show despite by wiping sole of foot on somebody's face. ney naag

wire

Wire, line. seeng

wish

Hope for; wish for. duubil

To hope for; wish for. duubil naag

To hope for, to wish for. duubileeg

with

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

Same as yib in present tense. Used only with bea and maa. baab

wither

To wither, as of a tree. soenoen

To wither, as of a tree. soonoon

withered

Dried, withered leaf. maroorëy

withering

Withering to death, of plant. tilngëqngeaq

without

Food cooked without taking the peel off. chaalaaw

To cook food without taking the peel off. chaalaaw naag

Nguun without the betel nut. dagaq

To bend without breaking. gaabareeg

Two or more loin cloths worn by young men without gaal'. gapalpal

Type of spear without a separate handle. keey

To drink down without touching lips. k'oongk'oong

To drink down without touching lips. k'oongk'oong naag

Type of ball game, similar to volleyball but without a net. pangith

To sail with the wind; go straight without turning. quliy

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wo

Woleai

The island of Woleai. Qanngaay

woman

Type of magic performed for a pregnant woman to undergo a trouble-free delivery, etc. bälbäl

Woman, female. bpiin

Ghost of a woman who died in childbirth or because of childbirth, said to return to nourish her child. bulungwol

To lust after sexually (woman in general). daawol

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

To take a woman as wife, marry a wife. figirngiy

A woman who died when her child is still an infant. goothoraan

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

To marry, of a woman, take a husband. leqngiy

Old maid, unmarried woman, bachelor. machugbil

Necklace worn by woman between puberty and menopause. marfaaq

Necklace worn by woman between puberty and menopause. marfaaw'

Fine-looking woman (slang). mayaen

Old woman past menopause. paleeluwol

Old woman past menopause. paweeluwol

Woman, female. piin

Old woman past menopause. pileeluwol

Old woman past menopause. piweeluwol

Old woman past menopause. puweeluwol

To crave, as a pregnant woman. qarqar

To crave for, as a pregnant woman. qarqar naag

Genital tattooing on a woman. walig

Type of yaer given for some special purpose (unknown to the informant at time. possibly yaer (shell money) given to tamaarong at time of bälbäl when a woman is pregnant to produce a male child). yaer ni tiir

Woman who has just had a baby. yoob

Feminine name; the woman from Sipin. Yugum'aed

woman's

A woman's name. Baarwaar

Woman's name. Baqamliiw

Woman's name. Beegoew

Woman's name. Beeguruw

Woman's name. Beemitaeg

Woman's name. Beqemtuw

Menstrual house, woman's house. dapael

Woman's name, given to a girl child temprorarily until a permanent name is decided on. Ligaaw

Woman's underclothes. sitaengii

Woman's name. Wureeng

women

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

Name of one of the two women from Sipin who came to Yap and introduced new ideas. Beqemgoeg

You two (speaking to young women). gäl tin

Beautiful, of women. pidooraang

Girl, women of child-bearing age. rugood

A hat made of palm leaves worn by women who are mensturating. tultugleeb

Eating taboo regarding men eathing with women and children; type of sickness. tungaaf

Barren, of women. wogorom

women's

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

womeone

An expression said as a kind of blessing when womeone coughs or sneezes, so he will stop. chub

wonderingly

To look around wonderingly. chabcheab

won't

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

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

wood

Heartwood; hard wood in center of something. bad

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

Type of tree whose wood is used for building; the flower is strung into garlands. biyquch

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

Beginning or tip of something, as, for example, a river, a stick of wood, etc.; finger or toe when used as a classifier for paaq, qaay. bugul

Type of small canoe made form a single piece of wood, that is the bottom of the canoe is made from a single piece of wood. buleel

Bean pole, stick or piece of wood used to direct climbing plants in a garden. chaang

To be drunk; to nod the head as if sleepy; to stick fast into something, like wood, mud, etc. ching

Tree, wood, shrub, plant. gaak'iy

A piece of rotten wood. gabang

Rotten, of wood. gaen

Forest, jungle, bush, wood, valley. lawaay

Rotten, of wood. l'udl'uud

Firewood, rotten wood. l'uud

Forest, wood. maapaan

Type of tree; type of biyqöch that has tough wood and small leaves. pithaagach

Soft, white, growing outer wood. qalaech

Wood, lumber, timber. rayën

Wood, lumber, timber. rean

Wood chips, sawdust; (when possessed) someone's faults, what's wrong with someone. thib

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 shave, as wood. thirifiy

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

Sawdust from rotten wood. wangopngop

Rotten, of wood. wod

wooden

A wooden box with a lid for storing small personal belongings such as tobacco. baar

wood-rose

Wood-rose. wachathangal

woods

Woods, bushes. magargear

woody

Type of woody shrub or tree; type of wild crawling vine. gabaech

word

Polite word for loincloth. baleal

Word, used as classifier. bug

To spread the word to come for a special purpose, as a dance. faanëg

Polite word for urinating. garmaam'

Language, speech, conversation, word; (when possessed), things him, his story. thiin

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

Child's word for genitals. tiitaey

Word of warning, like "watch out!". yalëq

words

Last words of a dying relative, in which he expresses his will for you; to speak with such. tathuum'

work

To lie; to fool or trick someone; to deceive. techniques used in wrestling. scaffold. a temporary structure built to work on. baen

Carpenter. builder; to work as a carpenter. daaykusaang

To goof off, as from work. faafaa

To skip work, deceive someone. fael' naag

Its work, function, nature. gasgason

To complete, as work; to endure to the end. lub

To work; job, activity. maruweel

To do work, do a job, to work something. maruweliy

Vacation, break (in work); a stop; to stop. matal

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

To cause something to disappear. (slang: to disappear especially when work is to be done). peeleeg

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

Side of house; the high side, on which no work is done. tabugul

Low side of house, where work is done. toqor

With great energy and effort, of work. tunoewey

Shoddy, of work, etc.. walearlear

workers

Workers. niimpuu

working

Invitation to a feast in prepayment for help in working. gummiit

world

World, earth, between heaven and hell. danoop

World, earth, globe. faayleng

worm

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

Carterpillar; worm. galmuchmuch

Taro worm, termite. ngael

Type of sea worm used for bait. qineap

Worm. qoleelaey

worm-eaten

Wormy, worm-eaten. ngälngael

wormy

Wormy, worm-eaten. ngälngael

worn

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

Old, worn out. faraam

Two or more loin cloths worn by young men without gaal'. gapalpal

Inside out, as clothes worn. haantaay

Old, worn out, second hand. kadaay

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

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

Necklace worn by woman between puberty and menopause. marfaaq

Necklace worn by woman between puberty and menopause. marfaaw'

A hat made of palm leaves worn by women who are mensturating. tultugleeb

Worn out from friction. yik

worry

Afraid; worry. digow

Worry about, or be concerned. magaaf-aen'

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

To be afraid of; worry about. rus naag

worse

To worsen, of health; bad, sick, worse, of health. qubichiyaq

worsen

To worsen, of health; bad, sick, worse, of health. qubichiyaq

worship

To worship, honor, respect. liyoer

wort

Wort. qadmaamaay

Wort. qadmeemeey

would

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'

To remind somebody of something he would rather forget. puwlal

wound

A wound or sore. fadagmus

To hurt, as an existing wound. moqubich

wounded

To get hurt, wounded, be in danger. maadqad

To get hurt, wounded, be in danger. maqadqad

woven

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

A woven mat of pandanus leaves for sleeping on. baer

The eaves of a house roofed with palm leaves. Woven palm leaves for roofing, especially those leaves that have turned brown and fallen to the ground. bagbag

Small basket to put inside of larger basket to put small things in like money, fishhooks, etc. It is woven from a type of reed grass, or pandanas leaves. A type of reed grass. beäl

To weave; woven wall. luum'

Small bits of thatch which fall from roof when it gets old. Type of roof thatch woven from whole palm fronds, rather than split ones. malabqëg

Loose, poorly woven, as a badly-made basket. puufpuuf

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wrap

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

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

Lavalava, wrap around clothing. laablaab

Wrap a piece of cloth around the waist. laablaab

To tie or wrap up many times or completely, or repeatedly, or continously. m'agm'aag

To tie or wrap completely, continously, or repeatedly. michig

To wrap. qiing

To wrap repeatedly. qingqiing

To wrap fish before smoking. tuthunguy

wrap-around

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

wrapper

Taro leaf plate, taro leaf food wrapper. qiim

wrapping

To pick up something with care not to touch it by wrapping one's fingers. golongeag

wrasse

Type of fish, clown wrasse. kareaw

Type of fish, wrasse. mariib

Type of fish, big wrasse. numeam

Type of fish, cigar wrasse. yiib

wreck

To ruin, spoil, wreck, make wrong, make bad. tagaan naag

wrecked

Ruined, made wrong, bad, wrecked, spoiled. tagaan

wrestle

To wrestle; wrestling. faathael

To finger wrestle; turn over. leap

To wrestle. thaal

To wrestle. thael

To come tumbling down; to arm wrestle. theek

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

wrestling

To lie; to fool or trick someone; to deceive. techniques used in wrestling. scaffold. a temporary structure built to work on. baen

To lie to someone, fool someone, trick someone, or deceive someone. To do wrestling tricks to someone. baen naag

To wrestle; wrestling. faathael

In wrestling, to do various kinds of hip tosses, or trip someone by holding. piichar

To grapple chest-to-chest in wrestling. poethoeth

wring

To squeeze out, wring out. qudiy

wrinkle

To crumple up; to wrinkle. qudulduluy

wrinkled

Dented in or wrinkled in many places. madugdug

Wrinkled, as skin. maduldul

Puckered; wrinkled, as skin. maquyquy

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

Wrinkled, as skin. moqduldul

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

wrist

Dance ornament of coconut leaves tied to wrist. teem

write

To write. yoeley

To write. yoeloey

Way, custom, method, tradition; writing, tattoo; to write. yool

writing

The act of writing. mayool

Pen (writing instrument). peen

Way, custom, method, tradition; writing, tattoo; to write. yool

written

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

To read something written. To list or enumerate. baqëg

wrong

To be diverted, turn the wrong way. gucheaf

To err, be wrong, sin, be mistaken, get tangled up or confused; error, crime, sin, mistake, tangle, entanglement, confusion. qalooboch

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

Ruined, made wrong, bad, wrecked, spoiled. tagaan

To ruin, spoil, wreck, make wrong, make bad. tagaan naag

Wood chips, sawdust; (when possessed) someone's faults, what's wrong with someone. thib

wrongly

Left hand side; wrongly. gilaey'

wrought

Wrought iron. sawon

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