gbogbo

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Yoruba[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

gbogbo

  1. all, everything, everyone
    Synonym: kete (Èkìtì)
    Synonyms: dede, gede
    Gbogbo ilé yín ńkọ́? Ṣé àlàáfíà ni wọ́n wà?
    And everyone at home? Are they doing well?
    • 2008 December 19, Awoyale, Yiwola, Global Yoruba Lexical Database v. 1.0[1], number LDC2008L03, Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, DOI:https://doi.org/10.35111/6sp6-8p36, →ISBN:
      Bí ohun gbogbo tilẹ̀ yẹ, okùn ọrùn kò yẹ adìẹ.
      Even if all things become fashionable; no one pulls a hen with a rope round its neck. (proverb on what is not acceptable as a norm)

Usage notes[edit]

This noun often looks and acts as a qualifier or determiner, and while usually before nouns, can occasionally come after. Some examples:

  • Gbogbo ọ̀rẹ́ fẹ́ràn ẹ̀bà jíjẹ.All of my friends love to eat eba.
  • Ìgbà gbogboAll the time

However, it is not a traditional adjective as when it's combined with subject pronouns, it becomes ungrammatical and must be used with the possessive pronouns, showing that it's a noun in Yoruba grammar. An example:

  • Gbogbo wa lọ s'Ékòó.All of us went to Lagos.

In the example above, the possessive pronoun, wa (our), instead of a (we), as Gbogbo a lọ s'Ékòó would be ungrammatical.