Word List

This glossary gives the basic meaning of the Noongar words that appear in the songs on this site. The spelling and meaning given for each word are taken from the LOTE spelling, as given in the Noongar Dictionary by Rose Whitehurst. However, the reality of each word is much richer, pointing to connections between words and meanings and to the history of the word itself. For that reason we have included a range of Noongar spellings and English translations for each word, as it has appeared in written documentation since the 1830s. Click on each word to see the historical variation for each word.

Click here to listen to words Iris Woods and Yibiyung Roma Winmar submitted to the 50 Words Project

A

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ali, alidjathat z  READ MORE

B

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baalap, balgap, balganthey z  READ MORE
bily, bilyariver, navelREAD MORE
bokadjathere, over there, distant z  READ MORE
boodjarearth, land, country z  READ MORE
boordasoon, later, by-and-by z  READ MORE
boorongheavy rain z  READ MORE

D

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dambartalone, single, three (modern usage) z  READ MORE
dongerakwattle bird z  READ MORE
dookerncook, make, construct z  READ MORE
doolydew, mist, fog z  READ MORE
doonarttwenty-eight parrot z  READ MORE

DJ

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djert, djerdalittle bird, bird (generic) z  READ MORE
djimoment, brief time z  READ MORE
djiti-djitiwilly wagtail z  READ MORE

K

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kaaditjunderstand, know, listen, remember z  READ MORE
karakred-tailed black cockatoo z  READ MORE
kedaladay z  READ MORE
kenyone, alone z  READ MORE
koodjaltwo z  READ MORE
koolbardimagpie z  READ MORE
koondartcloud z  READ MORE
koorlgo, move z  READ MORE

M

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maamman, father z  READ MORE
manartjwhite cockatoo z  READ MORE

N

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naarinyburning z  READ MORE
nidja, nidjakthis, that, here z  READ MORE
noonok, nyoondak, nyoonakyou z  READ MORE
noytjdead z  READ MORE

NG

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ngaangkmother, sun z  READ MORE
ngalakwe, we two z  READ MORE
ngweranybeautiful z  READ MORE

NY

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noonok, nyoondak, nyoonakyou z  READ MORE
nyitlittle z  READ MORE

W

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waabinyplaying z  READ MORE
waangkspeak, say, talk z  READ MORE
waarlitjeagle z  READ MORE
walkenrainbow z  READ MORE
warabad, rotten, dirty, decay, no good z  READ MORE
wardanocean, sea z  READ MORE
wardongcrow, Australian raven z  READ MORE
warinyhanging, floating z  READ MORE
windjawhere z  READ MORE
wonginalive, living z  READ MORE
worlsky z  READ MORE

Y

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yalakwait z  READ MORE
yerderapduck, pacific black duck z  READ MORE
yeyinow, today z  READ MORE
yok, york, yorkawoman z  READ MORE
yoowarltoward, here z  READ MORE
yoowartno, not, nothing z  READ MORE