Maltese 101

Maltese Word List

The purpose of this list is to give a rough idea of the Maltese 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

Maltese
(Malti)
I

jien
jiena
you (singular)

int
inti
he

hu
huwa
we

aħna
you (plural)

intom
they

huma
this

dan
that

dak
here

hawn
there

hemm
who

min
what

x'inhu
għal xiex
x'
where

fejn
when

meta
how

kif
not

mhux
all

kull
many

ħafna
some

xi
few

ftit
other

ieħor
one

wieħed
two

tnejn
żewġ
three

tlieta
four

erbgħa
five

ħamsa
big

kbir
long

twil
wide

wiesa'
thick

oħxon
heavy

tqil
small

żgħir
short

qasir
narrow

dejjaq
thin

irqiq
woman

mara
man (adult male)

raġel
man (human being)

uman
child

tifel
wife

mara
husband

raġel
mother

omm
father

missier
animal

annimal
fish

ħuta
bird

għasfur
dog

kelb
louse

qamla
snake

serp
worm

dudu
tree

siġra
forest

foresta
stick

bastun
ħatar
stikka
fruit

frott
seed

żerriegħa
leaf

werqa
root

għerq
bark (of a tree)

qoxra
flower

fjura
warda
grass

ħaxix
rope

ħabel
skin

ġilda
meat

laħam
blood

demm
bone

għadma
fat (noun)

xaħam
egg

bajda
horn

qarn
tail

demb
feather

rixa
hair

xagħar
head

ras
ear

widna
eye

għajn
nose

mnieħer
mouth

ħalq
tooth

sinna
tongue (organ)

ilsien
fingernail

difer
foot

sieq
leg

riġel
knee

irkoppa
hand

id
wing

ġewnaħ
belly

żaqq
guts

msaren
neck

għonq
back

dahar
breast

sider, ħdan, ħodon, żejża (one female breast)
heart

qalb
liver

ifwda
to drink

xorob
to eat

kiel
to bite

gidem
to suck

reda'
to spit

beżaq
to vomit

remetta
qala'
to blow

nefah
to breathe

ħa nifs
to laugh

daħaq
to see

ra
to hear

sema'
to know

għaf
to think

ħaseb
to smell

xamm
to fear

beża'
to sleep

raqad
to live

għex
to die

miet
to kill

qatel
to fight

ġġieled
to hunt

kaċċa
to hit

laqat
to cut

qata'
to split

qassam
to stab

sabbat
to scratch

giref
to dig

ħaffer
to swim

għam
to fly

tar
to walk

mexa
to come

ġie
to lie (as in a bed)

ntelaq
to sit

poġġa
to stand

wieqaf
to turn (intransitive)

dar
to fall

waqa'
to give

ta'/tal-
to hold

żżomm
to squeeze

tgħaffeġ
to rub

tħakk
to wash

taħsel
to wipe

timsaħ
to pull

tiġbed
to push

timbutta
to throw

titfa'
to tie

qafel
to sew

hiet
to count

għadd
to say

qal
to sing

għana
to play

tilgħab
to float

żamm fil-wiċċ
to flow

ġerra
to freeze

tiksaħ
to swell

tintefaħ
sun

xemx
moon

qamar
star

stilla
niġma
kewkba
water

ilma
rain

xita
river

xmara
lake

għadira
sea

baħar
salt

melħ
stone

ġebla
ħaġra
sand

ramel
dust

trab
earth

ħamrija
cloud

sħaba
fog

ċpar
sky

sema
wind

riħ
snow

silġ
borra
ice

silġ
smoke

duħħan
fire

nar
ash

rmied
to burn

taħraq
road

triq
mountain

muntanja
għolja
red

aħmar
green

aħdar
yellow

isfar
white

abjad
black

iswed
night

lejl
day

nhar
year

sena
warm

sħun
cold

kiesaħ
full

mimli
new

ġdid
old

qadim
antik
xiħ
good

tajjeb
bad

ħażin
rotten

mermer
dirty

maħmuġ
straight

dritt
round

tond
sharp (as a knife)

taqta'
dull (as a knife)

ma taqtax
smooth

lixx
wet

mxarrab
dry

xott
correct

tajjeb
sewwa
sura
near

ħdejn
far

bogħod
right

lemin

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