basi (mabasi)2NG3splinter of woodMahali hakutuirwa nkhuni haukoshe basi.In a place where firewood is split, you won't lack a splinter of wood.See: kabasi.
basi eroAdv1OK thenBasi ero unanibase kunyumba.OK then, you have to visit me at home.2It's OK!Chichako niye akutowire? Basi ero, nyamala!Is your dad the one who spanked you? It's OK, calm down!This is often said to a child when hurt or angry to assuage him/her.
baskuti< It biscottiNG51cookie(s)Sokerwa baskuti ni mkazangu.I was baked cookies by my wife.Baskuti zina mwire lakini za(ku)dyera nchiru una(zi)dya.Cookies are sweet but they give you thirst when you eat them.2biscuit(s)Ugazo kanibasuira baskuti.Ugazo broke off a piece of biscuit for me.Chabesuirana baskuti miye na wavuna zangu.We are breaking off pieces of biscuits for each other, me and my siblings.3cracker(s)
batabata (mabatabata)NG31squareKompyuta dyangu ni batabata.My computer is square.Sizenga gazima kulu batabata dya kuhareeya magari.I have built a big square warehouse for storing cars.See: chibatabata.2flatNdoni yangu tako dyake ni batabata.My skiff's bottom is flat.
bathiQuantsome (of)Bathi ya wantru ni wedi mdani mwe kaya idya.Some of [the] people are nice in that town.Hondo ikalagala mwe Somaliya bathi ya wantru wakomwa ni sala.When the war occured in Somalia, some people were killed by hunger.Here th represents a voiced interdental fricative [ð].
bati (mabati)NG3corrugated metal (sheet) or roofNaunga bati nidyereke kulanga kwe nyumba.I need a sheet of corrugated metal to put on the roof of the house.Ninkhiriza uhande umwenga wa bati!Give me one section of corrugated metalA mazi yetikira hano kwasabu bati ditumbuka.The water is pouring out here because the corrugated roof has holes in it.
bau (mabau)NG31hyenaKabubutwa ni bau.He was crunched by a hyena.Nimba wi dhale vino kama bau?Why are you greedy like this, just like a hyena?Bau diya dikunga didye mnyau dina hakiri.The hyena that wants to eat the cat has smarts (= is smart).Bau dino dyaishi mwe di kolongo dino.This hyena is living in this cave.2greedy person
baulo (mabaulo)NG3bullwhipBaulo dyapulusa madege ya mo mpunga.The [sound of the] bullwhip is making the birds fly off the rice field.Madege ya mo mpunga yapuluswa ni baulo.The birds on the rice field have been made to fly off by the [sound of the] bullwhip.See: ubaulo.Bullwhips are used to scare off birds from the fields.
bavi (mabavi)NG31bandit (bad-assed)Bavi dino ni dyiradyira.This bad-assed bandit is merciless.See: mbavi.2thief (bad-assed)Mapolisi watoza bavi nadikabawa mapesa he bengi.The police caught a bad-assed thief who was stealing money at the bank.Bwanga dino ni bavi.This guy is a bad-assed thief.
befuna (mabefuna)NG3thing (unknown)Befuna dino dyatusizwa wana.This thing is to startle kids with.Mwanangu katusizwa befuna dino.My kid was startled with this thing.See alternate pronuncuations: besuna, bwefuna, mbefuna.
begi (mabegi)< EngNG3duffle bagNaunga begi kulu dya kudyera nguwo zangu zose.I need a big duffle bag to put all my clothes in.
beiNG51price(s)Buku dino bei yake ni vihi?What is the price of this book?Dyero siona nyumba ikutangazwa bei rahisi.Today I saw a house that was listed with an inexpensive price.Nataga michudyiyo bei rahisi.I sell big strainers for an inexpensive price.2costBei ya hande yakwera siku zino.The cost of food is rising these days.
Beljim1NG9BelgiumMarikani nawashindwe ni Beljim.America will be beaten by Belgium.Marikani wasindwa ni Beljim.America was beaten by Belgium.2NG5
bendi< EngNG5band(s)Bendi yetu yatunga mira yedi.Our band composes nice songs.Bendi zino zishinda mara mbiri mwaka uno.These bands won [contests] two times this year.
beneti< ItNG5bayonet(s)Bundiki yangu ina beneti ikutwa.My gun has a bayonet that's sharp.Beneti za bundiki zino zaunga kusofwa.The bayonets of these guns need to be sharpened.
bengi (mabengi)NG5bank(s)Miye na mkazangu chiduranya mapesa mwe bengi.Me and my wife save money together in the bank.Mapesa yangu ya mwe bengi yadurika.My money is saveable in the bank.Cheki yangu ikigwa kwe bengi.My check got deposited in the bank.Kwe bengi kukigwa alfu mirongo midi.In the bank there's been deposited $20,000.Normally, this noun is NG5, both singular and plural, but also has an NG3 plural augmentative. See: mta bengi.
beni (mabeni)NG3dance (nontraditional)Chisingi chino kuna beni; wadaha ukaita na miye?This afternoon there's a dance; so do you want to go with me?This is a nontraditional dance usually with a small drum and people can make up their own songs.
berenge (maberenge)NG31skew-eyed, skewedMbuyangu meso yake ni berenge.My friend's eyes are skewed.Mwana yuno ana berenge.This kid has a skewed eye.2cataractMbuyangu ana berenge.My friend has a cataract.See: kaberenge.
BeroNPropBeroBero na Miyono wasomeza Chisuwahili mwe koleji inoBero and Miyono teach Swahili in this college.woman's name
beso (mabeso)NG3labiaMvere yuna ana beso kulu.This woman has big labia.
bha'a (mabha'a)< SomNG3bag (plastic)Idi bha'a dilolomoka.The plastic bag melted.Silolomokerwa ni bha'a mwe di dole.I got melted on by a plastic bag, on the finger.Bha'a dino dyakamika.This plastic bag is squeezable.
bhadhiya (mabhadhiya)< SomNG31nomad dwelling areaNaita bhadhiya.I'm going to the nomad dwelling area.Bhadiya siiwonire haka siku dimwenga.A nomad dwelling area, I have never seen one not even for one day.Asinyika kama kalawa bhadhiya.She looks like she's from the nomad dwelling area.See: mbhadhiya.2slumNyumba za kaya ino zasinyika bhadhiya.The houses of this town look like a slum.3ghettoBhoizi hamna bhadhiya.In Boise there isn't a ghetto.Bhoizi haina bhadhiya.Boise doesn't have a ghetto.4nomad (damn)Leka kudenda chi bhadhiya!Stop operating like a damn nomad!This a cursing form; see normal: mbhadhiya.
bhafu (mabhafu)< EngNG31basinSisuntra viya mwe di bhafu.I washed the dishes in the basin.Mwanangu nemhakira mazi mwe di bhafu.I'm bathing my baby in the basin.2tubSilweka nguwo zangu mwe di bhafu.I soaked my clothes in the tub.Sihola chifulo cha sabuni mwe di bhafu.I scooped off soap foam in the tub.
Bhaibhol (mabhaibol)< EngNG3BibleBhaibhol na Gurani chasambaziza dhini.The Bible and Quran, we used to proselytize.Bhaibhol na Gurani yasambazizwa dhini.The Bible and the Quran are used to proselytize.