Category Archives: 6. Etymology

Chitumbuka Etymology


Etymologies are not
definitions; and on this page they are
explanations that some or most of Tumbuka
(Chitumbuka) words have been derived from English words, and how with time pronounciation has much changed their sound that they are now accepted as our own local language.

Ayiśe – I Say
Benda, Bendela- Bend
Boma – (stands for) British Overseas Military Attaché (B.O.M.A)
Bowa (Wanibowa)- Bore
Bulangete – Blanket
Chepa – Cheap
Chezga (Cheza)- Cheers
Chibekete – Bucket
Chidole (Chi-Dol-i)- Doll
Chila – Cheer
Chithini – Tin
Chomene – Show Many
Dolora – Drill
Dula – Durable
Foloko – Folk
Foseki – Forsake
Galimoto (Gali-Moto) – Car – Motor (Motor-Car)
Gasa (Wagasa)- Gas (has taken gas → nothing)
Gona – Gone
Gowoka – Go (It’s ok Go)
Gwada – Go-Down
Gwafa – Guava
Hala (Hara) – Heir, Inherit
Hanyezi – Onions
Hule – Whore
Jele – Jail
Jiti – Jetty
Jumi (Ju-Mi) – Dew
Jumpha – Jump
Kabati – Cupboard
Kaboni – Carbon Paper (used as witness)
Kata (Mvula ya kata) – Cut (stopped)
Khola – Kraal
Khuki – Cook
Khwawa (kukwawa) – Cower
Kuta – Call Out
Kwesana – Question (each other)
Kwiya – Queer (differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as old or strange)
Lota – Lottery
Lulutira – Ululate
Luta – Route
Makina – Machine
Malayina – Gmelina

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Chichewa Etymology

Etymologies are not
definitions; and on this page they are
explanations that some or most of Chewa
(Chichewa) words have been derived from English words, and how with time pronounciation has much changed their sound that they are now accepted as our own local language.

Anyezi – Onions
Ayise – I Say
Boma – (stands for) British Overseas Military Attaché (B.O.M.A)
Bowa (Wandibowa)- Bore
Bowola – Bore (Drill, Make a Hole)
Bulangete – Blanket
Bulutu – Brute
Bwato – Boat
Chepa – Cheap
Cheza – Cheers
Chibekete – Bucket
Chi-doli (le) – Doll
Chila – Cheer
Chitini – Tin
Dibwa – Edible
Doko – Dock (Port)
Dula (Chodula)- Durable
Foloko – Folk
Fotseki – Forsake
Galimoto (Gali-Moto) – Car – Motor (Motor-Car)
Gasa (Wagasa)- Gas (has taken gas → nothing)
Gona – Gone
Gontha – Gone-Damn
Gwada – Go-Down
Gwafa – Guava
Hule – Whore
Idya – Eat-your
Imva – Hear That
Jiti – Jetty
Kabati – Cupboard
Kata (mvula ya kata) – Cut (stopped)
Khola – Kraal
Khuki – Cook
Koka – Conquer (as in Tag of War)
Kuwa – Call Out
Kwawa – Cower
Kwiya – Queer (differing from the normal or usual in a way regarded as old or strange)
Lagwani – Long one
Londa (Mlonda)- Rounder
Lota – Lottery
Lulutira – Ululate
Lusa (Wolusa) – Loose (i.e he is loose, he doesn’t hold his temper)
Makina – Machine
Malayina – Gmelina
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