Some Useful Cebuano Words and Phrases

kanhiay
ancient; past

panahon
time; era


sa kanhiay nga panahon
in ancient times; in the olden days; a long time ago

duha
two


makagagahum
god; powerful being


nagpuyo
lived; resided in


langit
sky; the heavens

nahigugma
fell in love with

gipangasawa
married; wed; took as a wife

usa
one


adlaw
day

sama
similar; same


sagad
likely

mahitabo
to happen


sama sa sagad mahitabo
as would likely happen

magtiayon
couple; husband and wife


nagkabingkil
quarreled; had a spat

kasuko
anger

gihinginlan
drove away; told to go; banished

kahiubos
humiliation


sa dakung kahiubos
deeply humiliated

nibiya
left; departed


nahanaw
is gone; vanished

diyos/diyosa
god/goddess

kamingaw
loneliness; solitude; yearning

giabut ug kamingaw
got to be lonely; felt loneliness

nahiuknol
bothered by the thought of; worried

kahinanali
imprudence; haste; rash manner

nabuhat
that which has been done; deed

asawa
wife

bana
husband

ulahi
late; untimely

pasaylo
forgiveness; pardon

mangayo ug pasaylo
to ask to be forgiven

gilatas
scoured; trudged; traveled

tibuok
whole; entire

kalangitan
the skies; the heavens

mapalgi
to be found

aso
smoke; mist

aron
so; just so; in order to

mahupay
to  be alleviated; to be assuaged

nagbasul
remorseful; repentant

nagmugna
created

kalibutan
the earth; the world

nagtanum
planted; sowed

kawayan
bamboo

hardin
garden

ngalan
name

ginganlan
named; called

humay
rice

mais
corn

tubo
sugar cane

kusog
fast; quick

nilambo/nitubo
grew; sprouted; flourished

nahimo
was made into; has become

maanindot
beautiful; pretty; nice

kahoy
tree

kansa
whose; which

goma
rubber

malagoma
rubber-like; pliant

bulos
stalk; branch

balahibo
feather; hair; fur

malabalahibo
feather-like; feathery

dahon
leaf

nagkawaykaway
fluttered; wafted

huyuhoy
breeze

hangin
wind; air

hinuyuhoy sa hangin
breeze

samtang
while; meantime

nagsud-ong
watched; viewed

kaanindot
beauty; splendor

gimbuhatan
creation

daku
big; large; great

kahimuot
happiness; satisfaction

gahum
power

gamhanan
powerful

pangagho
sigh; lament

unta kon
wishfully

ania
here

lamang
only

malipay
will be happy; will enjoy

gayud
certainly; for sure

magtan-aw
see; view; behold

matahum
beautiful; pretty; splendid

talan-awon
sight; view; scope

mamati
listen

kasikas
rustling sound

dahon
leaf

nipadayon
continued

labi pa
more so; even more so

matag adlaw
every day

unya
then; and so

usa ka hapon
one afternoon

hunahuna
a thought; an idea

misantop
took form; materialized

alimpatakan
intellect; mind

una
before; that which precedes

matugkad
to reach the depth of; to fathom

kadto
that; yonder

nakahunghong
whispered; got to whisper

kaugalingon
one's self

magmugna
will create

makaalima
will take care of; will nurture

wala damha
sudden; unexpected

sa wala damha
suddenly; unexpectedly

nasiak
split; broke apart

bahin
portion; part; share

nilutaw
emerged; took shap
e

tawo
person; man

unang tawo
the first person; the first man

pangalan
name

ginganlan
named; given the name of

nagkahulugan
meant; translated into

binuhat
creature

malig-on
strong; sturdy; tough

mao kini
this is why; for this reason

sukad niadto
thenceforth

kaliwat
progeny

ginatawag
called collectively; (singular, "gitawag")

sa laktud
for short; briefly

lain
different; other

katunga
half

laing katunga nga bahin
the other half (portion)

gabay
partner; colleague

nagtambayayong
worked together; cooperated

pagtagad
care; concern

sa laing bahin
in another part; on the other hand; meanwhile

halayo
far away; a faraway place

aron
in order to; so that

pagpangita
to search

gihangyo
asked; entreated; proposed to

magminyo
to get married

apan
but; however

nidumili
refused; denied

managsoon
siblings

masubsob
stern; uncompromising

pahimangno
reproach

pangatarungan
argument

kinahanglan
need

mobulig
to assist

pag-alima
care; nurture

gipiyal
entrusted

agalon
lord; master

manumbaling
to care; to mind

masayud
to know; to be aware of

matawo
to be born

bulos nga kawayan
bamboo stalk

buko
node

lambigit
to bind

sa ngadto-ngadto
eventually

panaglalis
argument; dispute

magpakitambag
to seek advice

tulingan
tuna fish

dagat
the sea

pati
dove

kahanginan
the air

motugot
to give consent

makumbinse
to be convinced

mokonsulta
to consult

linog
earthquake

kaminyoon
marriage

kalibutan
the world; the earth

matawhan
to be populated

una
first

sunod
next

usa
one

adlaw
day

kabus
poor; impoverished

mangingisda
fisherman

sayo
early

dagat
the sea

managat
to go fishing; to put out to sea

sagad
usual; frequent

buhat
work; occupation

adlaw
day

matag adlaw
every day; daily

hilabihan
extremely; very

dimalas
bad luck

buklad
cast (a net)

baling
fishing net

wala
nothing; none

wala'y lain kondili
nothing except

kuha
catch

agipo
a piece of charred firewood

tulo
three

tulo ka beses
three times; thrice

ilabay
to throw, to hurl

balik
back

bitad
pull; haul in

kasibot
interest; fascination

bisan pa man
despite; inspite of

kalagot
anger; disgust

dala
to take; to carry

gapnod
flotsam

gapnod nga kahoy
driftwoo
d

pauli
to go home

pag-abut
arrival

maabtan; maabutan
to come upon

asawa
wife

magbulad
to put out to dry (in the sun)

palay
rice; grain

laguwerta
yard

itsa
to throw; to hurl

ngadto
toward; in the direction of

dason
simultaneously

hunghong
whisper

kaugalingon
one's self

kon
if

tinuod
true; authentic

ikaw
you (singular)

usa
one

anting-anting
amulet; charm

abir
"Let us see!"

bugaw
to scare away; shoo

langgam
bird

manok
chicken

gikan
from

dako
big; great

katingalahan
mystery; a puzzle

dakong katingalahan
"How strange!"

tuod
indeed

duol
to come near to; to approach

niana
that

gabii
night; evening

nianang pagkagabii; nianang gabhiona
that night

sulod
inside

ila
their

balay
house; home

kini
this

iya
his

biya
to leave behind

buot
mind

biyaan sa buot
to forget; to ignore

unya
then; eventually; subsequently

damgo
dream

makadamgo
to dream about

mahimo
to turn into; to become

estatuwa
statue

matahum
beautiful; pretty

bata
child

uho na man
indeed; true enough

mata
eye

magmata
to wake up

buntag
morning

masaksihan
to witness; to see

pagkabalhin
transformation; change

porma
form; shape

ingon
like; similar to

labay
to pass; to go by

adlaw
day

tin-aw
clear; distinct

hangtud
until

imahen
image

sama
like; similar to

karon
now; presently

panahon
time

karong panahona
at the present time

sa kanhiay nga mga tuig
many years ago

lusaran
foothills

bukid
mountain

kalipay
happiness

magpuyo
to live; to exist

adunahan
wealthy

magtiayon
couple

bugtong
lone; sole; the only one

anak
child

babaye
female

maanyag
pretty; beautiful

apan
but

mapahitas-on
arrogant; proud

hinawayon
mean

tapulan
lazy

ginganlan; gipanganlan; gipangalanan
named

silingan
neighbor

makinaadmanon
wise; learned

kaluha
twins

manggiluy-on
compassionate; kind

magtubo
to grow

mapinanggaon
affectionate; loving

binuhat
creature

Diyos
God

palibut
surroundings; environment

matag adlaw
every day

moluhod
to kneel

moduko
to bow one's head

mangadye
to pray

madan-ag
bright; luminous

buntag
morning

magduwa
to play

hardin
garden

sa diha nga; sa diha'ng
when; at that instant

tigulang
old; aged; an old person

moagi
to come to pass; to pass by

magpakilimos
to beg for alms

mokuot
to dip in one's pocket or bag

bulsa
pocket

wala
not; none; nothing

mohinol
to feel with one's hand; to grope

gitangtang
removed; took off (an article of clothing)

kuwentas
necklace

perlas
pearl

mohatag
to give

makililimos
beggar; mendicant

mahimuot
to be pleased; to enjoy

buot
intend to do something

ilugon
to snatch away; to take forcibly

mobato
to hurl stone at

mosabyag
to spray water at

tubig
water

buhian
to set free; to release; to let go

hinuon
instead; on the other hand

masuk-anon
angrily

mosinggit
to shout

dawo
selfish; stingy

wa'y batasan
ill-mannered

dagiton
to snatch; to kidnap; to sieze and carry away

tun-an
to teach

hustong pamatasan
good manners

sa laing bahin
on the other hand

manggiluy-on
compassionate; kind

pagabaslan
to reward

ginikanan
parent

saysayan
to tell about

mahitabo
to come about; to take place; to happen

samtang
although; meanwhile

kauban
companion

engkanto
fairy

mabalhin
to change; to reform

pamatasan
accustomed ways; manner
s

labay
to sling; to hurl; to throw

kahoy
stick; wood

salawayon
mean; despicable

buhat
deed; work; handiwork

saad
to promise

hatag
to give

magbinuotan
to be good

gabii
night; evening

makadungog
to hear; to become aware of

tawag
call

magtuo
to believe

lakaw
to walk; to go

padulong
toward; in the direction of

gikan
from

tingog
voice; sound

padayon
to go on; to continue

hangtud
until

balay
house; home

higante
giant; ogre

malipay
to be happy; to be delighted

magkita
to meet

abi
conceivably; in one's mind

aduna
to be; to exist

sigurado
sure; certain

panihapon
supper; evening meal

magpakiluoy
to plead; to beg

asawa
wife

kaonon
to be eaten

duha
two

bata
child

bituon
star

magsugod
to start; to begin

matagak
to fall

gamay
little

gagmay
little (plural)

sundalo
soldier

kape
brown

mobutho
to emerge; to show up

maglinya
to fall in line

mobatok
to go against; to oppose

mahuman
to be finished; to be ended

mabalhin
to be changed; to be reformed

mahimo
to become; to be made into

manggiluy-on
compassionate; kind

manggiluy-on kaayo
very compassionate; very kind

malipay
to be happy

makauban
to be with; to be in one's company

usab
again

dagan
to run; to flee

peligro
danger; peril

huwas sa peligro
out of danger; safe

pinuy-anan
home

dawat
to receive

sabwag
to spread

yuta
ground; earth

isip
as

timailhan
symbol; marker

pagkamanggiluy-on
kindness; compassion

pagkamapahiubsanon
humility

bantok
hardened; compacted

kendi
candy

tsokolate
chocolate

tubo
to grow

bungtod
hill; mound

karon
now; at present

gibantog
known; famous

uwak
crow; raven

palit
to buy; to purchase

nindot
pretty; fine

kuwentas
necklace

gikan
from

ahente
agent; dealer; merchant

garbo
pride

mapagarbohon kaayo
very proud

alahas
piece of jewelry

sul-ob
to wear

liog
neck

makita
to be seen; to be displayed

kadaghanan
multitude; throng; the public

lupad
to fly

mahiabut
to reach; to arrive

hardin
garden

himamat
to meet by chance

karaan
old; ancient

higala
friend

himungaan
hen

parada
parade

sundan
to be followed; to be trailed

piso
chick

mahimo
to become; to be

hulam
to borrow

uli
to give back; to return

ugma
tomorrow

dayon
immediately

wala
not; none; nothing

palta
to fail

angay
should be; ought to be

hibaw-an
to be known; to mind

gusto
to like; to be fond of

langan
delay

walay langan
without delay; immediately

sulod
inside of; within

usa
one

adlaw
day

pagkaugma
the next day

balik
to return; to come back

maabtan
to find; to reach

kakha
to scratch

duol
near

pader
wall

asa
where

pangutana
a question; inquiry

mangutana
to ask; to inquire

mawani
to be lost; to be mislaid

tubag
reply

kuha
to take away; to remove

gahapon; kagahapon
yesterday

matulog
to sleep

dumdum
to remember

makahinumdum
to be able to remember

diin
where

butang
to put; to lay

tibuok
whole; entire

adlaw
day

pangita
to seek; to look for

makita
to be found; to be seen

kinahanglan
necessary

bayad
payback

bayran; bayaran
to be paid

kondili
else; otherwise

sumbong
to tell

hari
king

kawat
to steal

mahadlok
to fear; to be scared

dungog
to hear

mahingawa
to worry; to be concerned

unsaon
how

magpadulong
to head for; to be on the way to

pista
fiesta

magdali
to be in a hurry

mobungat
to declare

dagit
to snatch; to take away

matag adlaw
every day

utang
debt

makit-an
to be found

hatag
to give

dason
subsequently

hunong
to stop; to cease

kaon
to eat

mosugot
to agree; to give one's consent

kasabutan
agreement; pact

lakip
including

padayon
to continue; to go on

lukat
to redeem

alahas
piece of jewelry

pinaagi
by means of

ginaingon
it is said; it is so

manok
chicken