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CHEROKEE DICTIONARY
INDEX

Nature - Animals People - Body & Aliments
Nature - Birds People - Cherokee Society
Nature - Fish & Creepies People - Clothing/ Fashion
Nature - Food & Drink People - Emotions/ Behavior
Nature - Mother Earth People - Names
Nature - Plants People - Professions/ Titles
Nature - Trees People - Spirit/Cosmos
Colors & Numbers General Words: A - Z
Direction & Measurement Negative Words
Modern Devises

Positive Words

Place Names Word Operations
Time Phrases
Tools & Supply Sounds

 

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POSITIVE WORDS

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abundant

gv-wa-lo-sv-s-di

accept

di-da-ni-lv

accept

da-da-ni-lv-ga

accomodate

a-li-s-de-lv-di

accomplish

a-s-qua-di-s-di

accumulate

ka-ne-gwo-ga

accumulate

ga-sv-da-s-di

accurate

ka-li-di-do-la-gi

accustomed

o-gi-sa-di

achieve

e-li-ni-gv-ne-dv

acquire

o-tse-li-i-gv-ne-dv

active

gv-hna-ga-li-s-di

adapted

ye-li-di-do-la-gi-i-gv-ne-lv

add

ga-tli-so-di

added

ga-tli-sa-nv-hi

addition

ga-tli-so-di-yi

adorable

u-li-lo-hi

advanced

a-da-sa-la-do-di

advantage

a-tla-nv-da-di-s-gv

advocate

ga-ni-la-di-s-di

agree

go-hi-yv-da-ne-ha

agree

i-su a-ye-(lv)-di

agreeable

tsu-da-da-ni-lu-v-tsa-di

agreed

du-da-ni-lv-tsv

agreement

da-da-he-tse-lv

aid

a-li-s-de-lv-do-di

aid

a-da-s-de-(lv)-di

ally

a-li-(go)-di

amiable

u-li-lo-hi

amuse

a-s-qua-ni-go-hi-s-di

applaud

di-si-dv-ni-s-di

approve

go-hi-yu-do-di

approved

go-hi-yu-do-di

assist

a-da-s-de-(lv)-di

assisting

a-(li)-s-de-li-s-gv

attractive

u-li-lo-hi

balance

u-ti-yv-hi

beautiful

u-wo-du-hi

beloved

a-gi-ga-u

best

wo-:sv

best

wi-do-:sv

best

o-hi-s-ti

best of all

a-s

better

da-tse-tla

bewitch

ga-ne-gu-di-a

brave

u-le-tsu-ya-s-ti

bright

tsu-lv-sa-da

bright

u-tsi-s-ta-lu gi-s-gi

care

a-ga-se-s-do-di

chosen

ga-su-ye-u

chosen

a-su-ye-ta

chosen

su-ye-ta

clean

u-da-nv-ga-lv-da

clear

yi-ga

comfort

nu-tso-se-dv-na

credit

a-da-du-di

dance

tsa-la-tsi-s-gi

dance

u-li-s-gi-s-gu

dance

u-li-s-gi-ta

dancing

a-na-u-li-s-gi-s

dancing

ga-li-s-gi-da-hu

dancing

ga-li-s-gi-a

dear

gv-lv-quo-di

discovery

go-lu-wa-dv-di

dream

a-s-gi-ti-s-di

dream

a-s-gi

dreamed

a-s-gi-da-sv-hi

dreams

tsa-gi

educational

tsu-na-de-lo-qua-s-di

feeling

a-sv-na-s-di-yi

fertile

u-dv-hi-s-di

free

a-se-quu-i

full

ka-li

good

o-si-yu

good

ga-si-yu

good

o-s-da-dv

good

a-si-yu

good

o-s-da

great

e-qua

grinning

u-tse-s-ti

harmony

nv-wa-do-hi-ya-dv

harmony to you

nv-wa-do-hi-ya-da

healthy

do-hi

healthy

nu-wa-do-hi-ya-dv

home

o-we-nv-sv

home

ge-tsa-di

honest

do-na-te-u

honored

ga-lv-ka-we-ti-yu

honored

ga-lv

help

a-li-s-de-lv-di

hold fast

s-ti-yi-ne-ya

keen sighted

u

keen sighted

a-ka-te-na

kind

u-da-nv-di

kiss

s-qua-nu-s-ta

kiss

a-da-ta-we-do-di

knowledge

v-ga-ta-hv-i

lead

ga-ni

lead

gu-na

learn

ga-do-le-qua

learning

a-na-de--lo-qua-s-gv

lend

a-ta-li-s-ta

lending

a-ya-ta-li-s-ta

lesson

go

life

ga-no-du

light

a-tsv-s-dv

light

e-ga-hi

light

a-tsv-s-dv

light

u-lv-sa-da a-tsa-s-dv-i-

like

na-s-gi-ya-i

like

i-yu-s-ti

like

gi-ni-tlo-yi

lives

e-na

living

a-le-ni-do-hv

lover

a-si-u-le e-hu

loves

u-ga-u-hi-u

married

u-da-li

married

de-ge-ga-tsv-s-ta-nv

married

u-da-la

marry

tsa-ya

medal

a-hi

new

i-tse

peace

nv-wa-do-hi-ya-dv

peace

do-hi-yi

play

da-ne-lo-hv-s-ga

play (v)

di-ne-lo-di

pleased

u-le-ha-le-s

pretty

u-wa-du-hi

pretty

u-wo-du-hi

profit

go-tlv-ta-nv

quality

i-ga-o-si

respect

go-hi-yu-hi

responsible

u-na-du-da-lv

rest

a-tsa-we-lo-lv-s-di-di

rest

ha-da-we-so-lu-s-da

rest

a-yi-a-wa

reward

a-sa-s-dv

rich

u-we-nah-i

smile

u-ge-tsa-s-gv

smile

u-tse-tsi

smooth

u-wa-na-de-s-gi

smooth

ta-wi-s-ka

soft

wa-ni-ge-I (or) u-wa''

song

da-ga-no-ge-da (or) ka-no-gi-s-di

special

u-tse-li-dv

spirited

s

strong

u-hu-s-ti (or) u-la-ni-gi-da

sunny

u-da-ha-li

sunny side

u-da-ha-li-yi

support

a-li-s-de-lv-di

suprise

a-s-qua-ni-go-his-di

surprise

i-i-i

sweet

u-ga-na-s-dv (or) a-ga-na-s-ti

tame

u-lu-ni-ta

teaching

da-de-yo-hv-s-gv

true

do-e-u (or) u-do-hi-yu

value

tsu-gv-wa-lo-di

NEGATIVE WORDS

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abnormal

ka-li-ni-ge-sv-na

abolish

di-yo-hi-s-di

abuse

u-yo-i-gv-ne-di

accident

u-da-se-ga-tse-di

accuse

gu-hi-s-di-ha (or) a-da-du-hi-s-do-di

accused

a-gu-i-s-di

adultery

a-da-hy-o-ne-di (or) u-de-li-dv-dv-di-nv-si-di

afire

u-tsi-s-tlv-i

aflame

a-da-we-la-gi-s-gv

agitate

ga-nv-qua-e-ha (or) a-yo-tla-di-s-di

aggravate

a-da-de-ya-do-di

alarm

a-s-du-i-da

alimony

a-ga-gu-ye-he-di-tsu-ga-le-nv-da

alone

u-wa-sa (or) u-wa-sv

ambush

di-s-ka-lu-na-gi

ambush

a-ha-lu-na

ambush

a-ha-lu-di

argue

a-ti-yo-hi-ha

argument

di-go-si-so-di

argument

a-ti-yo-s-di

arguments

da-no-si-si

arrest

ga-ni-yi-ha

arrest

a-da-ni-(yi)-di

assault

di-da-(ga)-ti-lv-s-di

astray

u-le-nah-i-yv-s-ti

attack

di-(ga)-ti-lv-s-di (or) di-gi-ti-lv-s-di

avoid

di-da-nv-di-s-do-di

avoided

du-na-da-nv-di-s-ta-nv

avoided

du-da-nv-di-s-ta-nv

awful

u-lo-sv-s-ta-nv

awkward

u-tso-s-da-ne-hi

bad

u-yo-I (or) u-s-ga a-s

bite

a-s-ga-la

bite

a-da-s-ka-lu-tsi

bitter

tsu-na-tsa-ya-s-ti (or) u-yv-s-di

brag

a-tlv-qui-s-ga

broken

u-yo-tsv-hi

burden

a-s

burn

ga-le-yv-sv (or) a-tsi-la

burst

u-tsa-lu-ti-di

bury

ga-ni-si-ha

cheap

u-s-di--tsu-gu-wa-lo-di

closed

ge-wi (or) tsv-gu-li-s-ge-wi

cow-itch

ga-ne-da

crack

u-tla-nv-dv

cracked

u-ne-s-tla

crime

a-s-ga-nv-tsv

crush

ga-ta-we-du-na

cut

a-ye-la-s-di

damage

u-yo-tsv-hi

danger

ga-ni-yo-gi

dangerous

u-s-ga-se-ti

dark

u-le-se-gi (or) u-li-si-gi

dead

u-yo-hu-sv

dead

du-ha-sa-ta

death

u-e-wa-tsu

death

o-yo-hu-sa a-tsi-la (or) a-yo-hu-hi-s-di

death

o-yo-hu-sa

debt

a-da-du-gi (or) tsv-da-li-ta

destruction

u-yo-tsv-hi

die

o-yo-hu-si

dirty

ga-da-na-i

dirty

ga-da-ha-i

drop

go-ha-s-gv

drown

gu-ni-s-ka

error

ga-li-da-s-dv

fall

nu-gi (or) u-lo-sv-gi

falling

gu-ga-la-s

falling off

a-da-te-li

false

ga-io-nu-ne-dv

fat

ka-le-tsa-hi-di

fat

ga-li-tso-hi-da

fault

ya-da-s-ka-gi

fell down

ga-nu-gi

fell down

tsi-nu-gi

fight

a-la-s-di

fighting

a-tsi-la-hu

flesh eater

u-que-da-li'-gi-s-di

foolish

u-lv-da-le-s-gi

force

ga-sa-do-ya-s-di

forked tongue

di-gv-tsu-gi

gauntlet

a-ye-tli

get out

ta-yi

hungry

a-ga-ya-si-ha

hungry

u-yo-si

hungry

ga-ya-si-ha

incomplete

a-du-lu-la

kick

a-da-yv-te-s-di

kill

tsi-i-hu

kill

a-tsi-di-hi

kill

tsi-lu-ga

lack

da-ga-si

lie

go-he-ga

lie

a-tsi-s-ka-la

lie

u-tsi-s

loose

di-yo-sv-hi

lose

tsa-gu-hi

loss

u-yo-hv-se-lv

lost

a-gi-ya-tsu-a-li

lost

u-le-nah-i-da

mischievous

tsu-ne-gu-he-yu

mischievous

u-ne-gu-tsa

mischievous

a-gi-ne-gu-tsa

mischief

gu-he-yu

poison

a-da-hi-hi

poor

u-yo-i-yu-dv-nah-di-gi

prison

di-da-s-du-di

protest

di-ga-ti-lv-s-di

punch

de-ta-la-s-ti

punishment

o-s-dv-di-s-di

quit

tle-s-ti

robbing

tsi-na sa-hv-s (or) sa-hv-s

rot

u-go-sv

rough

u-so-nv

scalping

u-s-ka-ni-gi-ga-lu-da

scratch

ka-nu-ka

scream

ge-lu-hv-s-ga

serious

u-tlv-yo-li-s-di

shadow

u-di-yv-li

sharp

ga-s-ta-yi (or) u-tlv-ta (or) u-do-tlv-sv-i

shock

u-s-ga-s-da-ne-lv

shoot

na-da-a-s-ti-ya-li

shot

a-da-s-ti-ya-li

shout

ga-ta-hi-yu (or) ta-hi-yu

shut

a-s-du-di

sin

a-s-ga-ni

slip

di-da-nv-di-s-do-di

smash

a-yo-s-do-di

sour

u-ga-si-ta

spoil

tsi-a-s-ti-hu (or) a-s-ti-hu

sticky

ga-ya-lv-gi

stop

ha-leí (or) ha-le-wi-s-ta

strange

a-se-gi

strayed

u-la-yu-tsi

strike

ka-ya-ne-ga

tabu

tsi-ga-ti-ga

tears (cry)

tsu-ga-sa-wo-dv

terrible

u-s-ga-se-ti-yu

thorny

da-s-ti-yu-s-ti

torture

a-da-gi-lu-di

tough

a-s

trash

gu-a-sa-ta

trick

gv-wa-da-li-da-s-di

trouble

u-tso-a-se-di

ugly

a-s-ga-si-ti (or

unfinished

u-tlu-li

unlucky

u-du-wa-le-gu

violent

gv-ni-ga-la-s-di--ga-ho-ye-gi

want

tsa-du'-li-a (or) u-na-duí-li-a

want

u-du'-li-a (or) u-duíli

war

da-na-wa (or) da-nu-wa

war ford

da-na-wa-s

war path

da-na-wa-nv-ne-hi

waste

a-tse-wi-s-gv

weep

de-tlo-ya-s-ti

worn out

u-wa-ta

wound

a-tsi-so-nv-nv (or) a-sa-nu-da-i

wounded

a-sa-nu-nu

yell

ge-lu-hv-s-ga

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about

gv-wa-du-wi-dv

again

si-quu

again

ta-li-ne

again

a-si-quo

again

si-wu

against

a-tlu-do-di

against

di-ga-te-le-gi

against

u-tlv-wv-la

against

di-(ga)-ti-le-gi

all

ni-ga-da

all

o-wa-sa

all

ni-ga'-dv

all

ni-ga'-da

also

na-s-gi

also

na-s-quu

also

na-s-quo

also

nu

and

ni-hi-nah-v

and

u-le-nu

and

a-le

and

ni-hi-na

any

ni-ga-(li)-s-di-s-gv-quo

any

i-nu-s-di

anyhow

i-gv-ni-si-s-di s-gv-yi-ni-ga-(li)-s-di

anything

ni-ga-nv-quo

anyway

yi-ni-ga-(la)-s-di-quo

at

na-na-i

at

na-nah-i

because

i-gv-ni-si-s-gi

but

a-se-no

but

a-le

by

na-v-i

come

e-he-na

come

nu'-la

come

de-ha-na

do

nah-dv-ga

enough

e-li-quv

ever

i-yu-quo

every

na-ga-v-i

get

he-tsi

get

hi-gi

give

a-da-ne-di

go

ha-ni-gi

go

he-ga

go

hi-la-hi

go

ge-ga

go

a-ne-ga

have

u-ha

he

s

he

a-tsv-ya-i

he

nah-i

how

gu-do-i

it

s

keep

hi-ne-yu

keep

i-he-s-di

let

i-li-s-go---lv-ta-nv

make

o-tlv-na

make

ga-tlv-s-ka

may

a-na-s-gv-ti

much

u-tsa-ti

no

tla no

not

na-s-gi

only

u-wa-sv

only

na-s-gi

or

a-le

other

so-i

please

u-do-hi-yu-i

please

u-le-ha-le-s-ti

put

wa-di-yi

say

ga-di-a

say

ha-di-a

say

a-na-di-a

say

hi-ne-gi

say

ni-di-di-wa

see

a-go-wa-dv

see

he-go-wa-ta

see

he-go-wa-ka-ta

send

a-da-nv-s-di

still

do-i

such

ya-dv-nah

take

a-gi-s-di

than

gv-na-wo-s-gv

that

na-s-gi

that

na

the

hi-a

then

na-hi-yu-i

there

ha-hna

there

yi

this

hiya

this

hi-a

this

go-hi

though

di-gv-wa-lo-sv

through

ka-li-i

till

gi-la

together

i-tsu-la

very

u-do-hi-yu

well

ka

what

ga-do

what

hv-?

when

hi-la-yu-i

where

ha-tlu

where

ga-tsu

where

ha-tlv

who

ga-go

why

ga-do-no

will

wi-li

with

gv-do-di

yes

v-s-ka-ga

yes

v-v

yes

a-se-hi

you

ne-hi

you

ni-hi

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all right

ha wa

anothers grandmother

e-li-si

bad looking

u-ho-i di-ka-no-di-yi

big spoon

e-qua di-do-di

butterbean game

du-ya di-qua-na-yo-s-di

come in!

gi-hv-ha

digging in several places

ta-s-go-la

do you know?

hi-ga-ta-ka-tau

do you want bread?

tsa-du-li-ha-tsu-ga-du

down the hill

ga-da-li

empty vessel

a-tsi-a-do-di

falling flowers

tsi-la-do-o-s-gi

fat meat

u-li-tsa-he-dv a-way

get into the water

ha-la-ta-du-ga a-ma-yi

glass bottle

gu-gu

go out

do yi

go to work

wi-di-tsa-lv-wi-a-da-si

going back

u-tsu-dv

grandmother of group of children

u-ni-li-si

grown person

u-dv-na

hanging down

u-ne-sa-dv-i-

his arm, her arm

ka-no-ge-ni

his neck, her neck

a-gi-li-ge-ni

hominy place

ga-no-he-no-i-

I know

tsi-ga-ta-ha

I shout

ge-lu-hv-ga

I want bread

ga-du- a-qua-du-li-ha

I wish I had that

yo-se-i- ya-ge-i-

in front

e-gv-yi-tlv

it is going to rain

dv-ga-na-ni

it is ready

u-s-qua-lv-hv

it is snowing

gu-ti-ha

large window

u-ta-ni-di tso-la-ni

little spoon

u-s-di di-do-di

married person

u-da-tli

Medicine Man

di-da-nv-wi-s-gi

mud turtle

sa-li-gu-gi

my arm

tsi-no-ge-ni

my aunt

a-gi-tla-gi

my brother

i-gi-nv-tli

my daughter

a-que-tsi a-ge-yu-tsa

my ear

tsi-le-ni

my finger

tsi-ye-sa-dv-i-

my foot

a-qua-la-si-de-ni

my grandmother

e-li-si

my grandfather

e-du-du

my hair

a-gi-s-ti-ye-gv-i-

my hand

a-quo-ye-ni

my heart

a-qua-da-nv-do

my mother

e-tsi

my son

a-tsu-tsa

my toe

tsi-na-sa-dv-i-

my toes

de-tsi-na-sa-dv-i-

my wife

a-qua-da-li-i-

new born baby

u-s-di u-da-ge-i-

new year

i-tse u-de-ti-yv-sv-i-

No, thank you

tla-no

no good

u-yo-i-

not any

ka-ni-gi-da

old field

u-we-ti tlo-ge-si

Now for the twelve!

ha-! ta-!

old field apricot drink

u-wa-ga a-di-ta-s-di

old man

u-dv-sa-nv-hi

old woman

a-ga-yv-li-ge-i-

paper money

a-de-lv go-we-li

parboil

a-gv-ye a-li-tsv-da

peace on earth

e-lo-hi-no do-hi-yi ge-se-s-ti

pine cone

u-s-gu-ta-nv-hi no-tsi

pitch fork

yv-gi e-qua

place to lie down

a-ni-si-di

pocket knife

gu-s-qui da-di-s-di ye-la-es-di

poison ivy

u-lv-da

poplar tree

tsi-yu tlu-gv-i-

pottery vessel

v-ti a-tsi-s-do-i-

praying mantis

u-do-la-nv-s-di

rainbow trout

tsu-lo-lv-di a-tsa-di

raining afar

di-ga-s-ga

red horse (fish)

o-li-ga

rocking chair

ga-s-gi-lo di-la-lu-ge-s-gi

sassafras tea

ka-na-s-da-tsi a-di-ta-s-di

screech owl

wa-hu-hu

Seal of Cherokee Nation

tsa-la-gi-yi a-ye-li

short coat

ga-sa-le-na u-s-qua-la-hi

sick in bed

u-tlv-ga ga-ni-si ga--nv-ga

sitting up

u-wo-tla

small window

u-s-di tso-la-ni

someone fallling off an object

ga-lo o-s-ga

something to cook

go-hu-s-di a-da s-da-yv-di

sourwood tree

nv-do-qua-ya tlu-gv-i-

speckled trout

u-na-nv tsa-dv a-tsa-di

spicewood tea

no-da-tsi a-di-ta-s-di

string of beads

a-da-la di-ya-tlo-di

striped skunk

tsu-lv de-s-di

sweet potato

nu-nv u-ga na-s-dv

table fork

yv-gi ga-s-gi lv a-sa-di-s-di

table knife

ga-s-gi-lv-i- a-sa-di-s-di ye-la-s-de

thank you

wa-do

tiny sparrow

tsi-s-qua-ya

The Removal

tsi-ge-gv-wo o ta-ne-i-

to carry

go-yi-nu-s-di

to warm it

hi-ga-na-wo-da

ugly person

ni-da-tse-lv-na yv-wi

up the hill

ga-du-si

very old

a-ga yv-li

walnut tree

se-di tlu-gv-i-

wash day

tsu-na-gi-lo-s-di i-ga

water bucket

a-ma a-gu-gi-s-di

water dog

tsu-wa

white man

yu-ne-ga

white pine tree

to-tsi tlu-gv-i-

wild greens

ga-nu-lv-hi

you go first

e-gv-yi

you go hunting

i-no-lu-ga

young man

a-wi-na

young woman

a-dv

your grandmother

tsa-li-si

 

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