Cornish 101

Cornish Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Cornish language. The words listed below are not the most common words, but a broad sampling of words. See the Word Lists page for more details.

English

Cornish
I

my
you

ty
he

ev
we

ni
you
(plural)

hwi
they

i
this

an … ma
that

an … na
here

omma
there

ena
who

piw
what

pyth
where

ple
when

p'eur
how

fatell
not

ny
all

oll
many

lies
some

nebes
few

nebes
other

erell
one

onan
two

dew
three

tri
four

peswar
five

pymp
big

bras
long

hir
wide

ledan
thick

tew
heavy

poes
small

byghan
short

berr
narrow

kul
thin

moen, tanow
woman

benyn
man
(adult male)

gwas, den, gour
man
(human being)

den
child
(a youth)

flogh
wife

gwreg
husband

gour
mother

mamm
father

tas
animal

enyval
fish

pysk
bird

edhen
dog

ki
louse

lowenn
snake

sarf
worm

pryv
tree

gwydhenn
forest

koeswik
stick
(of wood)

lorgh
fruit

froeth
seed

hasenn
leaf

delenn
root

gwreydh
bark
(of tree)

rusk
flower

bleujenn
grass

gwels
rope

lovan
skin
(of a person)

kroghen
meat
(as in flesh)

kig
blood

goes
bone

askorn
fat
(noun)

blonek
egg

oy
horn

korn
tail

lost
feather
(rather not down)

pluvenn
hair

blew
head

penn
ear

skovarn
eye

lagas
nose

troen
mouth

ganow
tooth
(rather not molar)

dans
tongue

taves
fingernail

ewin
foot

troes
leg

garr
knee

glin
hand

dorn
wing

askell
belly

torr, kroth
guts

kolodhyon
neck

konna
back

keyn
breast

bronn
heart

kolonn
liver

avi
to drink

eva
to eat

dybri
to bite

densel
to suck

sugna, dena
to spit

trewa, berya
to vomit

hwyja
to blow
(as wind)

hwytha
to breathe

anella
to laugh

hwerthin
to see

gweles
to hear

klywes
to know
(a fact)

godhvos
to think

prederi
to smell
(sense odor)

blasa, klywes
to fear

perthi own
to sleep

koska
to live

bywa
to die

merwel
to kill

ladha
to fight

omladh
to hunt
(transitive)

helghya
to hit

gweskel, skwatya
to cut

treghi
to split

folsa
to stab
(or stick)

gwana, pyghya
to scratch
(an itch)

kravas
to dig

palas
to swim

neuvya
to fly

nijal
to walk

kerdhes
to come

dos
to lie
(as on one's side)

gorwedhes
to sit

esedha
to stand

sevel
to turn
(change direction)

treylya
to fall
(as in drop)

koedha
to give

ri
to hold
(in one's hand)

synsi, dalghenna
to squeeze

gwaska, gwrynya, strotha
to rub

rutya
to wash

golghi
to wipe

sygha
to pull

tenna
to push

herdhya, pokya
to throw

tewlel
to tie

kelmi
to sew

gwrias, sewya
to count

nivera, akontya, amontya
to say

leverel
to sing

kana
to play

gwari
to float

neuvella
to flow

dinewi, bera
to freeze

rewi
to swell

hwythfi
sun

howl
moon

loer
star

steren
water

dowr
rain

glaw
river

avon
lake

lynn
sea
(as in ocean)

mor
salt

hoelan
stone

men
sand

tewes
dust

polter, doust
earth
(as in soil)

dor
cloud

kommolenn
fog

niwl
sky

ebrenn
wind
(as in breeze)

gwyns
snow

ergh
ice

rew
smoke

mog
fire

tan
ash

lusow
to burn
(intransitive)

leski
road

fordh
mountain

menydh
red

rudh
green

gwyrdh
yellow

melyn
white

gwynn
black

du
night

nos
day
(daytime)

dedh
year

blydhen
warm
(as in weather)

toemm
cold
(as in weather)

yeyn
full

leun
new

nowydh
old

koth, hen
good

da, mas
bad

drog
rotten
(as, a log)

breyn, poder
dirty

plos
straight

ewn
round

krenn
sharp
(as a knife)

lymm
smooth

leven, gwastas
wet

glyb, gwlygh
dry
(adjective)

sych
right
(correct)

ewn
near

ogas
far

pell
right
(side)

deghow
left
(side)

kledh
at

orth
in

yn
with
(accompanying)

gans
and

ha, hag
if

mar
because

drefenn
name

hanow

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