Noongar Word List

The Noongar words included are only a small part of the Noongar language. See also the Noongar Dictionary by Rose Whitehurst

The Noongar Dictionary copyright rights and interests now belong to the Southwest Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.

(A lime) White Clay  - used to paint the body at festivals

Dardark

(Brother or Sister) in-Law

Ngooltja

(The name of the south-west) Spear Thrower - used by Noongar to propel the aim of the gidjee

Miro

A rope-like girdle made from possum hair, wound around the waist to carry weapons

Nulbarn

A shelter (mia-mia)

Koornt

A skin of a dingo tail, worn on the upper part of the forehead as an ornament

Durda-dyer/Dwerta-dyer

A small tuft of feathers tied to a stick and worn in the hair for ornamentation

Ngow-er

Action word as in come, coming, going, walking

Koorliny

Armadale (area just north of the townsite)

Gargangara

Axe

Koitj/kodja

Baby kangaroo, commonly known as a “joey”

Nyarnyee

Back

Moorlin

Backside

Kwan

Bad spirits, no good spirits

Warra Wirrin

Bag (made from possum or kangaroo skin)

Choota

Bandicoot

Kwenda

Bark Of A Tree

Boort

Be standing up or To “stand tall”

Yira Yarkiny

Beard

Narnak

Bees

Djilyaro

Beneath, down, under

Kardup

Berries

Yurenburt

Big

Koomba

Bird

Weerlo

Birds (general term)

Djert

Birds (generic)

Jirda

Bite, Biting

Barkininy

Black cockatoo (bird)

Ngoolyark

Black

Moorn

Blind

Meeyalboort

Blood

Ngoorp

Bones

Djoorla

Boomerang

Kali/Kylie

Boomerangs

Kilee, Kylie

Bounding, running (Along)

Baardanginy

Brother/Brothers

Ngoon/Ngoonee

Bulrushes

Yandjet

Camping grounds

Kaleep

Canning river

Djarlgarro Beelier

Carnac Island (now known as); Ngooloor-may-up (place to be frightened of)

Ngooloormayup

Cheek

Ngarlak

Chest

Ngoornt

Child

Koolang/Kurrlong

Children

Koolangka/Koolanga/Kurrlongurr

Chin

Yet/Yat

Christmas Tree (Tree which blossoms around Christmas with large orange flowers)

Moodjar

Cloak Pin for Booka  (Skewer, Made From Bone)

Birnt

Coats (Made From Kangaroo Skin)

Booka/Bwoka

Cold times, creation time

Nyitting

Cooking

Dookerniny

Country (Of Origin/Belonging to)

Boodjara

Country

Boodja/Booja

Cutting

Boorniny

Dance

Ke-ning/Ke-niny

Daylight (Before dusk)

Beerit

Daytime

Kedalup

Dead, deceased

Nortj/Gnoytj

Deaf

Dwangkaboort

Dig or Catch

Baranginy

Digging stick (women’s)

Wanna

Dog (dingo)

Dwert/Dwerda

Dolphin

Kwilana

Duck (bird)

Yerdarap

Dugite

Dobitj

Dumb

Darboort

Dust

Dooga

Dusty (Becoming)

Boodja-Dooga

Eagle

Warlitj

Ears

Dwangk

Eat, Eating

Ngarniny

Echidna

Nyingarn

Eel

Wardan-noorn

Egg

Noorook

Emu

Weitj

Estuary; place where salt and fresh waters mix

Gabbi Darbal

Estuary

Darbal

Evil Spirit

Djenak

Evil Spirit

Djenak

Eye/eyes

Meeyal

Face

Moolymaree

Fall down, fall over

Doongkoorlanwornt

Family run

Moort boodja

Family track

Moort bidi

Family  or relations

Moort/Moortung

Fat

Djerung

Finger

Marak

Fire place/hearth; meaning home/heart country

Karlup

Fire

Karl/Kaarla

Fish traps

Manga/Mungah

Fish

Djildjit

Fish

Gil-git

Flat stones (used for grinding)

Mullers

Fly also means Bad smell, smelly

Noort

Foot/feet

Djen/Djena

Forest

Djarlma

Fremantle

Walyallup

Freshwater prawn

Djilgi

Frightened (of)

Ngooloor

Frog

Kweeyar/Kooyar/Kwooyar/

Full stomach, satisfied

Koboorlkorl

Garden Island (now known as)

Meeandip

Go Slowly, Walk Slowly

Dabakan Koorliny

Go, gone

Dalyaniny

Goanna (as in lizard)

Karda

Goanna (bobtail)

Yoorn

Going A Long Way

Bokitja

Going home

Karla Kurliny/Kala Koorliny

Golden Waitsia (Everlastings)

Dangalang

Good ancestor

Motogon

Good spirit

Kwop Wirrin/Quop Wirrin

Good

Kwoba/Kwop

Grandfather

Dembart

Grandmother

Deman

Grass Tree

Balga

Green Berries

Mull

Grubs (Found In Kooroop) Grass Tree

Bardee

Halo of the Moon

Meeuk Mia

Hand, Hands

Maar/Mar/Maara

Happy

Djiripin

Hard, solid

Moorditj

He, She

Barl

Head lice

Koolee

Head/Hill

Kart/Kata

Healthy

Warlang

Heart, hearts, two hearts together

Koort

Heel

Mon

Hello, hey

Kiya/kaya

Hello

Kaya/Kiya

Here

Nidja

Hip

Kwelak

His, Hers Its

Balup

Hit

Barminy

Hot

Karlawooliny

Human hair girdle worn around the waist

Niggara

Hungry

Koboorlweert

Hurry, hurry up

Moordiup

Husband or wife (two hearts coming together as in marriage)

Koorta

I, me

Ngany

Island

Goorda

Jam gum tree

Mungart

Jam gum tree

Mungart

Jarrah

Djarraly

Kangaroo hunting

Yongariny

Kangaroo

Yonga

Kidney

Djoop

Knee

Boonitj

Knife, Knives

Darp

Knowledge

Kaartdijin

Land ready for burning off

Narik

Language, Speaking,Talking

Wangkininy/Wangkiny

Later on

Boorda

Law men, Law man

Mubarn Maaman

Leaving, Going

Boolyaka

Leg

Maart

Leg

Mart

Lies

Mely

Light gidgee, highly prized for the elasticity of the timber

Burdun

Lightning

Babanginy/Barbanginy

Listen

Nih

Little “hairy” smelly people (from the other side)

Bulyits

Lizard (rock)

Kulari

Long time ago, a very very long time ago

Koora/Kura/Koora-Koora

Long way

Bo

Look out; beware

Uliwa

Look

Djinang

Looking a long way

Djinanginy Bo

Looking

Djinanginy

Lookout/Beware

Balai

Maggots

Boodjak

Magpie (bird)

Koorlbardi

Make believe

Kada Kada

Mallee hen (bird)

Ngow

Man, men or father

Maam/Maaman

Meat

Dartj

Message Stick

Boorna-Wangkiny

Moon

Meeuk/Meeka

Moonlight

Meeukany

Mother, sun

Ngarngk

Mt. Eliza at the foot of Kings Park

Ga-ra-katta/Garra-Katta

Naked

Balak

Native potato

Kahno

Naval

Bily

Neck

Nanuk

Night time

Kedalak

No knowledge (of something)

Kaartdijinboort

None

Uart

Noongar dialectical group

Amangu

Noongar dialectical group

Yued/Yuat

Noongar dialectical group

Whadjuk/Wajuk

Noongar dialectical group

Binjareb/Pinjarup

Noongar dialectical group

Wardandi

Noongar dialectical group

Balardong/Ballardong

Noongar dialectical group

Nyakinyaki

Noongar dialectical group

Wilman

Noongar dialectical group

Ganeang

Noongar dialectical group

Bibulmun/Piblemen

Noongar dialectical group

Mineng

Noongar dialectical group

Goreng

Noongar dialectical group

Wudjari

Noongar dialectical group

Njunga

Noongar Leader, Noongar Boss person

Boordiya/Boodier

Noongar Rainbow Serpent; from the Nyitting or Noongar Dreaming

Waugal/Waakal/Woggle

Noongar season August and September covers the late Winter and Early Spring

Djilba

Noongar season covers the cooler period of the months April And May

Djeran

Noongar season December and January as the ‘hot dry time’

Birak

Noongar season February and March,  late Summer and early Autumn

Bunuru

Noongar season which is the early Winter and occurs from June And July

Makuru

Noongar season with Decreasing Rain From October to November

Kambarang

Nose bone

Mulyart

Nose

Mooly

Now known as Kelmscott

Goolamrup

Now, the present, today

Yeye/Yeyi

Ocean, sea

Wardan

Ochre (Red and Yellow)

Wilgee

Our

Ngalang

Owl

Mopoke

Path

Bidee

Pelican – large (bird)

Booladarlung

Person or "the People"

Noongar/Nyungah/Nyungar

Place of male Kangaroo

Ongerup

Place of possums

Goomalling

Place of rain

Kinjarling

Place of water

Gnargagin

Place of, or location

-Up

Place to make spears

Gidgegannup

Play, Play Time

Waabiny

Plenty, Many, Lots

Boolariny/Boola

Policeman

Manitj

Poor speaker, speak no good of something

Dar Wara

Possum

Koomoorl/Goormoorl/Goomal

Pregnant

Boodjaree

Pretty, beautiful

Kwobardak

Quartz edged spear  - which in post-settlement times was glass tipped. It was up to ten feet long and about one inch in diameter and made from the mungurn (swamp wattle). This spear was made in the Ellensbrook and Wonnerup areas.

Gidgee-borryl

Rain

Kinjarling

Rainbow

Walken

Rat kangaroo – now rare

Boodee

Resin (Kooroop) from Grass Tree

Biriny

River

Bilya/Beeliar

Rockholes (filled with water)

Ngamma/Ngamar

Rocks, Stones

Boya

Rottnest Island (now known as)

Wadjamup/Wedjamup/Wadjemup

Running away

Baardanginy woort koorl

Seeing and understanding

Djinanginy kaartdijin

Shame, (or to have)

Karnya

Shelter made from natural bush; sticks and branches

Mia mia

Sick, unwell

Minditj

Silly, stupid (kart - head) (warra - no good)

Kart-warra

Sister/s

Djook/Djookian

Sitting there

Dat-nyiny

Skin

Marp

Slippery

Kipilyong

Slow, slowly

Dabakarn

Small kangaroo

Djooditj

Smelly, stink,dirty, very very dirty,

Noorti/Noortawooliny

Soon, Sooner than later

Boordawon

Sparks

Birdal

Spear

Gidjie/Gidgee

Spider

Kara

Spirit (a person's spirit)

Bardan

Stand, standing

Yakiny

Star

Djinda

Stick,  tree, log, twig, wood

Boorn

Stomach

Koboorl

Sugar

Ngoonyong

Sulk, sulky, unhappy (or as in the saying "nose out of joint")

Moolyip/Moorlyip/Moorlyan

Swamp or a Lake

Binjar/Pinjar

Swan (bird)

Marlee

Swan River

Derbarl Yerrigan

Swan

Gooljak/Kooljak

Swim, swimming

Djooboorl djooboorl

Taboo (sacred area)

Winnaitch

Tea

Marngk

Teeth/Tooth

Ngorlak

That’s enough for now

Kenyak yeye

That’s enough

Kenyak

The hairy faced snake (Rainbow Serpent)

Ngangungudditj Walgu

Them, those

Balang

Them

Balup

Thigh

Yartj

Throat

Wort/Woart

Throwing sticks

Dowak

Thunder

Mulgar/Marlga

To cry or Crying

Walinj

To pity, feel sorry for someone or something

Nyornditj

Toe nails

Biri

Tomorrow

Benang

Tongue

Darliny

Totem

Nunich

Turtle (freshwater)

Yakkan/Yakkinn/Ya-gyne

Twenty-eight (green parrot) (bird)

Darmoorluk

Uncle

Konk/Konkee

Underarm

Ngaly

Up ( as in upwards)

Yira

Urine

Koomp

Us/our

Gnalla

Vegetables, any food

Meriny

Very happy

Djirip-djirip

Very very black

Moornawoolinj

Water (fresh)

Keip/Kep/Keipa

We, us

Ngalak

Welcome

Wandjoo Wandjoo/Wandju Wandju

What

Nartj

Where? Where is it? Where are you?

Winja/Winjee

White cockatoo

Manitjimat

White person (slang)

Wadjela, Wedjala

White person

Nyittiyung

Whose is that (person)

Ngeern

Wild Carrot

Kwardiny/Quardiny

Wild peach

Kwonding/Kwandong/Quandong

Willy wagtail

Djiti Djiti

Witchdoctor's magic

Bulya/Boyly

Witchdoctor

Boylyada maaman

Woman, women

Yorga

Wooden shield

Woomera

Wrist

Kwoliny

Yam

Woorine

Yellow everlasting flower

Mootjool

You - as in asking a person where are they ie winjar noonookurt (where are you?)

Noonookurt

Young girl

Yok

Zamia palm

Biyoo/Boyoo

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