Common Expressions Using the Word "Waray"


Masuna ngan waray uran yana nga aga didi sa VSU.  [It's a bright rainless morning here at VSU (Visayas State University).]

The word Waray does not only refer to the Waray-speaking people or to the Waray language, but it also refers to one particular Waray word, "waray", which means "nothing", "none", or "not".  Here's a list of common expressions using the word "Waray".
Waray ak labot
I don't care. 
waray aram
uneducated
waray batasan
lacking good manners
waray buot
innocent; childish
waray duda
no doubt
waray gamit
useless
Waray ka labot. 
None of your business.   
waray kapagalan/ pagkatanglay
untiring
waray kaluoy
ruthless
waray kinabuhi
lifeless  
waray makakatupong
unequaled; incomparable
waray pagkahadlok/  waray pagkahadok (N.Samar) 
fearless
waray pagkatangpos/ katapusan 
endless
waray paglubad
unfading
waray pagruhaduha
no second thoughts   
waray sarabutan
no idea
waray tango
toothless
waray tingug-tingog
quiet/ no comment
waray upay
worthless
waray utang
debt-free
waray utang nga buot/ kaburot-on 
ungrateful
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MABARA-BARA -- Another Way of Describing Objects or Conditions in Waray

Common examples of Waray adjectives are mahusay (beautiful), mabara (ugly), mataba (plump), mahugos (thin/skinny), maduas (pale), mabusag (having the quality of being white), mabaga (having the condition of being red), mapili (having the condition of being black), bulaw (brown), maupay (good), marasa (delicious), mabaho (stinky/smelly), and mahumot (fragrant).

By repeating the root word, a new meaning is created:
mahusay-husay
almost beautiful
mabara-bara
slightly ugly
mataba-taba
chubby
mahugos-hugos
slightly thin/ slightly skinny  
maduas-duas
slightly pale
mabusag-busag
slightly white/ whitish
mabaga-baga
slightly red/ reddish
mapili-pili
slightly black/ blackish
bulaw-bulaw
slightly brown/ brownish
maupay-upay        
slightly good
marasa-rasa
slightly delicious
mabaho-baho
a bit stinky/smelly
mahumot-humot
slightly fragrant
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