pumbaa

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Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably connected with pumba (lump; clod of earth), following a sense of “be lumpish, heavy”

Verb[edit]

pumbaa

  1. To be foolish, silly, weak-minded, careless, negligent.
    pumbaa kazi — take no pains about a job, do it carelessly, be idle

Related terms[edit]

  • pumbaza (“befool, make a fool of, treat as a fool, deceive, play jokes upon”)
  • jipumbaza (“be stupid on purpose, pretend to be a fool”)
  • pumbazwa, pumbazika (“be made a fool of, be duped”)

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