wahala

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yoruba wàhálà, from Hausa wàhalā̀, from Arabicوَهْلَة(wahla, fright, terror).

Noun[edit]

wahala (uncountable)

  1. (Nigeria) trouble; problem.
    • 2005, Paul Carter, Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs, Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, page 133:
      Oscar flashed me another bent grin, palmed a pistol from under the seat and said, "First time in Nigeria? No wahalla, you are always protected sa."

Hausa[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabicوَهْلَة(wahla, fright, terror).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /wà.há.làː/
    • (Standard Kano Hausa) IPA(key): [wə̀.há.làː]

Noun[edit]

wàhalā̀ f (plural wahalōcī or wàhàlce-wàhàlce or wàhàlhàlū, possessed form wàhalàr̃)

  1. trouble, problem, difficulty

Descendants[edit]

  • Yoruba: wàhálà, ⁧وَهَلَ⁩; wàálà
    • Krio: wahala
    • Nigerian Pidgin: wahala

Krio[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yoruba wàhálà, from Hausa wàhalā̀, from Arabicوَهْلَة(wahla, fright, terror).

Noun[edit]

wahala

  1. trouble, problem

Nigerian Pidgin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Yoruba wàhálà, from Hausa wàhalā̀, from Arabicوَهْلَة(wahla, fright, terror).

Noun[edit]

wahala

  1. trouble, suffering, problem, bad luck

Yoruba[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Hausa wàhalā̀, from Arabicوَهْلَة(wahla, fright, terror).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wàhálà

  1. trouble, problem, difficulty
    Synonyms: ìṣòro, gòòbe, rògbòdìyàn, yánpọnyánrin

Descendants[edit]