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toki pona dictionary

This is a list of all official words in toki pona as described on the pages from 1 to 12, arranged alphabetically. You can click on the words to get to the lesson they get introduced in. Each word is listed with different meanings depending on which parts of speech it can be used as.

The “adjective” definition applies to both adjectives and adverbs, as the only difference between the two in toki pona is if they apply to nouns or verbs.

A noun word can always be used as an adjective with the meaning “of [noun]”. For example, “moku soweli” can mean “animal food” or “meat”, depending on context.

This is not a copy of the dictionary as defined in the official book or any other course. Some words may be used as parts of speech other than those listed here. It also lists some unconventional uses of words, some of which are only useful in combination with other words.

In toki pona, you’re welcome to come up with your own phrases and alternative meanings of words depending on context. The most important rule is to make yourself understood.


a

akesi

ala

alasa

ale/ali

anpa

ante

anu

awen

e

en

esun

ijo

ike

ilo

insa

jaki

jan

jelo

jo

kala

kalama

kama

kasi

ken

kepeken

kili

kiwen

ko

kon

kule

kulupu

kute

la

lape

laso

lawa

len

lete

li

lili

linja

lipu

loje

lon

luka

lukin

lupa

ma

mama

mani

meli

mi

mije

moku

moli

monsi

mu

mun

musi

mute

nanpa

nasa

nasin

nena

ni

nimi

noka

o

olin

ona

open

pakala

pali

palisa

pan

pana

pi

pilin

pimeja

pini

pipi

poka

poki

pona

pu

The official toki pona book only defines the verb meaning of the word “pu”. (Although the phrase “pu la” is used in it to mean “in this book”.) Some people in the toki pona community prefer to only use it in the verb meaning, while others use it in others as well.

sama

seli

selo

seme

sewi

sijelo

sike

sin

sina

sinpin

sitelen

sona

soweli

suli

suno

supa

suwi

tan

taso

tawa

telo

tenpo

toki

tomo

tonsi

“tonsi” is the only non-official word in this list. It was created by the community after the official book was released and it is the most accepted non-official word.

tu

Using “tu” at the end of a noun phrase is generally associated with the number 2. The meaning “divided” is usually specified by using a “li” particle:

kulupu tu – two communities

kulupu li tu. – the community is divided.

unpa

uta

utala

walo

wan

Using “wan” at the end of a noun phrase is generally associated with the number 1. The meaning “united” is usually specified by using a “li” particle:

kulupu wan – one community

kulupu li wan. – the community is united.

kulupu mute wan – 21 communities (complex numbering system)

kulupu mute li wan – many (or 20) communities are united.

waso

wawa

weka

wile


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