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Continuous Meaning

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 S.

 

 

 sabi

 

  know

 sabi

 

  to know something or someone

 sabi sabi

 

  someone who behaves as if he/she knows everything. Someone who is too forward.

 sagba

 

  a homosexual male.

 sai monkey

 

  a thief

 sakara

 

  popular music style using a small frame-drum, sakara

 sakoro

 

  run, to run {to scamper}

 Salla{h}

 

  Islamic festivals of Id-el-Fitri and Id-el-Kebir; I am going for Salla {Arabic sala 'pray'}

 sam sam

 

  never

 sand-sand

 

  sand, sandy, a lot of sand

 sanitation

 

  custom of staying in the house on some Saturday mornings so that the householders could keep 'the environment' clean. Begun in the 1970s and now discontinued

 sanko

 

  prison

 sapara

 

  lighter, more casual form of agbada {name of Yoruba doctor who introduced it}

 sapele water

 

  another name for Ogogoro

 Sapele; sapelli

 

  trade-name for Entandrophragma cylindricum

 Saraki; Bukola Saraki

 

  the Nigerian senate president; The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), sitting in Abuja, yesterday, ordered the arrest of the President of the Senate of Nigeria.

 sauthi

 

  South Africa

 sawasawa

 

  fruit; Annona squamosa; also soursop

 say

 

  in the expression; What says the time? i.e. 'What is the time?'

 sayo

 

  Booze, Liquor, Any alchoholic Drink {name}; get drunk

 scattered

 

  untidy, messy; The house is scattered

 scent-leaf

 

  scented green leaf Ocimum gratissimum

 schooling

 

  at school; Where are you schooling? N.B. implies secondary school not University

 science man

 

  men who practice traditional or herbal sects

 scrap

 

  barbaric, destroyed

 scrape

 

  to shave off He scraped his head; He shaved off all the hair on this head.

 scrobo

 

  a known and confirmed promiscuous woman who has performed sexual favours to several men for free; A female in the neighbourhood known to have had sex with several men for free; A loose female willing to give up sex at any time and any where {e.g. Ol boy dat girl na scrobo; Guy the chick no be wifey material, na scrobo}

 se me se wahala

 

  can u imagine

 sea

 

  wide river or estuary, not the ocean; Nigerian Delta English

 sea-pirates

 

  pirates who rob passengers and leave them stranded while they make off; with the boat {the equivalent on the rivers of armed robbers on the roads}

 second burial

 

  ceremony held a year or more after the death of an important person

 security

 

  security man, guard; Where is the security for this building?

 see flower

 

  to menstruate

 see mi trouble

 

  why are you bringing me trouble,

 see pepper

 

  to get or be in trouble

 see ya hand

 

  acknowledging the receipt of a gift or bribe

 sef

 

  emphatic? I have been hearing of this madam and saying who is this woman, sef? of Pidgin origin although used more widely now; Dis God sef! Na wa oh:- me I no know; How I go take think am sef; E just dey surprise me every time; I think of am! {Pidgin poem by B. A. Mukoro-Penawei}

 seize

 

  to cut off {electricity}; NEPA has seized the light; also take; They have taken light

 sele

 

  happen

 select

 

  to separate out, e.g. into large and small sizes she was selecting the good groundnuts contrasted with choose

 sell out

 

  to sell; she is selling out local Maggi

 semi-singlet

 

  type of t-shirt

 send

 

  to give consideration to another person's opinion on a matter or feelings in a given situation; to care {e.g. Emeka, My man, Oga no go like your coming late to work o; Ifeanyi, I no send}

 send-forth party

 

  party to celebrate either a girl getting engaged or someone being posted to another part of the country

 senior

 

  to be older than; He seniors me

 senior service

 

  senior ranks of the civil service

 senti

 

  someone starts talking rubbish because they are under the influence of a high presence of food or have eaten beyond reason {e.g. anytime patience chop two plates of rice senti go catch am}

 series

 

  Used without indefinite article; It has a hard, paper-like texture, which softens after series of washings.

 seriously

 

  strongly, intensely; I will query you seriously; I will ensure you are questioned intensively {over a bureaucratic misdeed}

 set

 

  looking good

 sew

 

  to make {by sewing} damask was used to sew iro and buba.

 sex

 

  to have sex with; he sexed her very well; he engaged in energetic sex with her

 sha

 

  anyway; like that

 Sha

 

  makes the sentence that follows conditional but often simultaneously asks a question Sha, you are going to the market, buy me some tomatoes will you please? If you are going to the market, please buy me some tomatoes

 shadow overtake a vehicle

 

 

 shak

 

  drink; to make one go crazy

 shak

 

  to drink; Especially alcohol.

 shakara

 

  posing or showing off

 shake body

 

  shift to create space for someone

 shaki

 

  a part of a cow's intestine; Used for making pepper soup.

 shalam

 

  this a prostitute or a loose girl

 shalams

 

  prostitute; loose and random girl

 shall have

 

  have {in future context}; 'When the seas and large rivers of our globe shall have been more fully explored, many animals may be brought to knowledge of the naturalist, which at present are known only in the state of fossils'

 shame - shame

 

  being shy, a shy person

 sham-sham

 

  quick!; Doing something quickly; Without wasting time

 shandy

 

  Twenty naira note {Igbo - Isi Mohammed}

 share

 

  to deal {cards}

 shari

 

  forget about something

 sharp

 

  to sharpen he was sharping the knife

 sharp mouth

 

  loquaciousness

 sharp sharp

 

  fastly

 sharp sharp

 

  Without delay

 sharp up

 

  smarten up

 sharply

 

  a variation of the pidgin English phrase "Sharp sharp" meaning to administer or perform quickly without delay {e.g. The guy chop the food sharply mhen!}

 sharrap

 

  Shut up

 shawry

 

  girlfriend

 shayo

 

  alcohol

 shayo

 

  Intoxicating drinks such as beers, whisky, gin etc... or being drunk

 shea

 

  tree, Vitellaria paradoxa formerly the most common source of oil in savanna areas, but now falling into disuse. Also shea-oak

 shea-butter

 

  oil from the shea tree

 shea-oak

 

  shea tree; Colonial era expression no longer in use. 'Oak' from the shape of the leaves.

 shebi

 

  you agree? seeking approval.

 shege

 

  pronounce 'Shay-gay' is a swear word

 sheh kpe

 

  an exclamation to show surprise, amazement.

 shekpe

 

  any hot drink; Or local gin that can be consumed.

 shenging; shagging

 

  to have sex with someone; Another word for fucking {sex}

 shenkes

 

  it is used when refering to a girl.

 shewe

 

  prostitute

 shey

 

  right? Or is

 shift

 

  to steal

 shift

 

  move

 shifting

 

  running away

 shikala

 

  a girl

 shikena

 

  it literally means period.

 shin gbai

 

  money

 shine

 

  casual sex

 shine eye

 

  be on your guard or be careful

 shine shine

 

  glamorous, Radiant; Stunting

 shine shine bobo

 

  flashy, trendy guy

 shine ur eye

 

  be vigilant

 shine waa

 

  brighter

 shine your eye

 

  to observe things happening around u properly

 shine yua 32

 

  show all 32 of your teeth; to smile widely.

 shingbain

 

  absolutely Nothing

 shingban

 

  I don't have a dime or am broke

 shingke

 

  Name for edible female termites/ant that are bigger than normal ones. Usually seen at night after long summer rains {e.g. Mama you fit fry dis shinke for me. Kai, dis shinke sweet ooo}

 shit

 

  defecate

 shit

 

  Faeces; The removal solid waste from the body; To make a mistake {e.g. Who go shit wey no flush am}

 shiuo

 

  an informal way of starting a statement, indicating shock, surprise, amusement or fright.

 shiznit

 

  dopest

 shnap

 

  Dry Gin

 sho

 

  what

 sho bele

 

  Phrase used to describe a half-top usually worn by women

 shock

 

  to give... a shock; Take care or the thing will shock you

 shodi

 

  a very attractive girl or woman

 shoki

 

  a dance style popularized by a Nigerian hip hop song whereby the dancers dip their hands low into the air, bring it up slowly, cover their eyes and move backwardly to the rhythm of a playing song {e.g. Com, may we shoki; Dat geh sabi shoki wella; Dis Shoki dance hard o!}

 shook

 

  to stab. also chuk

 short knicker

 

  shorts you are wearing; short knicker again

 short shorty

 

  a short person

 shot

 

  kai-kai, ogogoro: schnaps also schnapps; shot

 shout on

 

  to shout at, to talk to agressively; Why do you shout on me like that?

 shovel

 

  spade

 show

 

  come

 show

 

  come or meet up with someone

 shun

 

  ignore

 shunt

 

  to join a queue other than at the end.

 shuo o!

 

  exclamation to a surprise; Sign of disgust

 shuoooo

 

  really? with intention to mock

 shwo

 

  seriously? {surprised}

 sidon

 

  sit don

 sidon

 

  to sit down

 sidon look

 

  indifferent

 signboard

 

  sign, advertising hoarding

 silk-cotton

 

  kapok tree, Ceiba pentandra; So called because the pods contain a fluffy cotton used to stuff pillows

 since long

 

  for a long time, since long ago; Since long, he has not come here

 sisi

 

  young woman {Yoruba}

 sister

 

  respect term for woman of approximately equal age and status to the speaker; more commonly but not necessarily used by women

 sit down

 

  to stay in one place sitting down and doing nothing does not mean literally sitting but implies inaction

 size

 

  to be the right size for, to fit; The jacket does not size me

 sk

 

  another name for marijuana in Afikpo... {e.g. My guy, you still get sk?}

 skelewu

 

  being decieved

 sketch

 

  steal

 sketout

 

  get out {Predominantly among the Akwa Ibom and Calabar people}

 skink

 

  to forget about something OR to describe an action

 sky

 

  to disappear

 slacka

 

  Slow thinking person.

 slang

 

  slang expression, can be pluralized; It is a slang or Students use many slangs

 slap

 

  to slap, but metaphorically to give great offence to so. He abused me, so I slapped him well-well; to slap someone is to insult them very seriously

 slap

 

  to trek, to walk a long distance.

 sleep off

 

  to go to sleep; I sat down to read my book and just slept off

 slippers

 

  flip-flops, flat rubber beach shoes

 smal

 

  small

 small

 

  a little, not very much; Let us go chop small; let us go and eat a little; wait small; wait a little

 small

 

  applied to people {usually small boy, small girl}, unimportant; He is just a small boy; He is low-status, his opinions don't matter

 small chop

 

  snacks, small dishes of food? more a colonial usage than genuinely part of West African English

 small small

 

  gently

 small small

 

  to do in a gentle manner

 small-small

 

  little by little, in small amounts things are getting better small-small or add more soup, small-small; Can also be an exclamation, Small-small! meaning gently, or carefully

 sme sme

 

  sluggishly, very dull

 smell pepper

 

  to get a shock; He will smell pepper today He'll get a shock

 snail-speed

 

  slow; There are many factors responsible for the snail-speed development

 snake-lizard

 

  skink

 snap

 

  to photograph; Snap me! take a photo of me {Standard English}

 so

 

  that; is the case; they deny; so they deny that it is the case

 so far as

 

  for 'Insofar as'; So far as I have already come, Since I've come anyway {Standard English}

 so teey

 

  many times

 so tey

 

  until

 soda-soap

 

  from washing soda/sodium carbonat: locally made for domestic use and is generally white or pure with no colour additives {e.g. Chioma, abeg gi mi dat soda-soap, wan wash clot; Good}

 sofri sofri

 

  go easy

 soja man

 

  20 Naira

 soji

 

  A soldier {usually used in southern nigeria}

 Sokoto

 

  traditional dress associated with Sokoto

 solid food

 

  any type of pounded staple or food that does not come in separated grains applies to yam, pounded cereals etc. Contrast with 'light food'. Also 'strong food'.

 solo

 

  beans; a true gossip

 some funny thing

 

  strange thing; My brother told me about some funny thing

 somebody

 

  person; You said that you should advise me to marry him because he was a mannered somebody.

 sompido

 

  sex

 son of mary

 

  bundle of notes

 sorfri sorfri

 

  easy or take it easy

 sori

 

  sorry

 Sorry!

 

  Exclamation used when someone hurts themselves or suffers a loss. This is used even when it is the fault of the individual, which would be inappropriate in Standard English; sorry fo rthe delay; sorry for the inconvenience; im sorry so sorry; sorry for your loss; im sorry for your loss; am sorry; sory pictures

 sort

 

  bribe a lecturer to pass an exam or get a better grade She has sorted the lecturer. A lecturer is not ready to teach his course, at the end he sets a paper, and of course the students sort him, but now becoming generalised

 sorting

 

  bribing of a lecturer to pass an exam or get a better grade; Sorting is too common today

 soso

 

  Only; is that all!

 so-so

 

  very

 sotey

 

  really long; For an extended period of time

 sound you

 

  hot slap in the face

 soup

 

  sauce accompanying any pounded staple

 soursop

 

  fruit of West Indian origin. Annona squamosa; also sawasawa

 spark

 

  to connect, as in electrical wiring; Spark it! {said by car mechanic to second mechanic to make a connection}

 spark

 

  to produce showers of sparks; NEPA wire is sparking the electricity wires are showering sparks not uncommon in the rainy season and a great source of entertainment to all those who witness it. Nigeria's equivalent of the Northern lights.

 specie

 

  singular of species

 spent horse

 

  person who no longer has anything to contribute? for 'spent force'

 splufic

 

  Something amazing, wonderful, splendid, Incredible, unique...etc

 splufik

 

  fantastic... {e.g. O Splufik... It is just fantastic... The ways wey dem dey package their breast now is SPLUFIK...}

 spoil

 

  to go bad, to no longer work; The thing has spoiled It has stopped working. They have spoiled all they've messed everything up

 spoot up

 

  dress up smartly; looking flashy.

 spottish

 

  spotted the animal is somehow spottish

 spray

 

  to place money on the forehead of a dancer or musician at a ceremony

 spray

 

  to shower guests dancing at a function such as a wedding with money.

 spring-bed

 

  bed with springs as opposed to hard base

 spunky

 

  it means sex

 sput

 

  to dress in a very nice way

 square

 

  to give or to pay up

 squat, to

 

  to stay with friends or relatives temporarily {usually because you cannot stay in your own home} she is just there, squatting

 squelch

 

  to finish, to stop working {device}

 staff

 

  staff member, co-worker; He is a staff at the school. Also in plural. They are staffs at the college; Also I had lunch with one of my staffs

 steal away

 

  to steal; I don't park my car on the road, in case thieves steal it away.

 steez

 

  stuff

 stew

 

  sauce accompanying staple that is boiled, such as yam, rice etc.

 stockfish

 

  dried, salted cod, imported from Scandinavia, now an expensive delicacy {also okpokoro or okporoko}

 storey building

 

  any building with more than one storey

 strafe

 

  to have sex

 straff

 

  to have sex

 stranger

 

  visitor, guest; I see you have strangers; visiting adapted from Nigerian languages where stranger and visitor are often the same word

 strolling

 

  wandering about in a social fashion like the Mediterranean promenade, but also applied to animals we are going for strolling or the pig has gone for strolling

 strong food

 

  any type of pounded staple or food that does not come in separated grains applies to yam, pounded cereals etc. Contrast with 'light food'. Also 'solid food'.

 strong head

 

  stubborness

 strong head

 

  stubborn

 strong thing

 

  something bad

 stupid

 

  irresponsible, uncontrolled, badly behaved; those machine boys are very stupid; the motor-cycle taxi drivers are very irresponsible

 sturv

 

  stuff

 suckaway

 

  sewage, waste disposal system in residential areas

 sue to court

 

  to bring a charge against; He will sue me to court; he will bring a charge against me

 suegbe

 

  idiot, slow person

 suffer

 

  to make things difficult for; He was suffering me; he was making things difficult for me

 sugar-daddy

 

  older man who supports younger woman in exchange for sex

 sugar-mummy

 

  older woman who supports younger man in exchange for sex; Sugar-daddy is a longstanding Americanism but sugar-mummy is a more recent West African formation.

 sule

 

  a foolish person who is rather slow at anything

 sun shade

 

  sun glasses

 sure boy

 

  a guy who there is no doubt in anyones mind he is on the path to success or is already successful.

 suya

 

  kebab, roasted meat on stick; University of suya {sign on roadside kebab stand} {Hausa}

 suya

 

  very hot and spicy meat roasted on wooden skewers

 swallow

 

  to eat pounded yam or other foods that do not require chewing; No, I don't want jollof rice, I want to swallow i.e. I want to eat yam etc.

 sweet

 

  candy

 sweet

 

  delicious; good-tasting; not necessarily applied to sweet things. Extended to things other than food the soup is very sweet the sauce is delicious; the music/dance is very sweet

 sweet

 

  good-tasting, desirable; The soup was very sweet ≠sugary

 sweet sweety

 

  a dear one

 swell-fish

 

  puffer-fish; Tetraodontidae.



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