See also: mũthũũri


Alternative formsEdit


From gũthuura (to select, to elect).[2]

Hinde (1904) records muthuri (pl. athuri) as an equivalent of English man (old) in “Jogowini dialect” of Kikuyu.[3]


As for Tonal Class, Armstrong (1940) classifies this term into moondo class which includes mũndũ, huko, igego, igoti, inooro, irigũ, irũa, kĩbaata, kĩmũrĩ, kũgũrũ, mũciĩ, mũgeni, mũri, mwaki (fire), ndaka, ndigiri, njagathi, njogu, Mũrĩmi (man's name), etc.[4] Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a disyllabic stem, together with ndaka, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)


mũthuuri class 1 (plural athuuri)

  1. married male person with children,[2] husband[6][5]
    mũthuuri wakwamy husband[2]
    mũthuuriguothy husband[2]
    mũthuuriweher husband[2]
  2. male person, man[6]
  3. adult (man)[6]
  4. elder[6]
    mũthuuri wa kĩamaa member of a traditional council of elders who have paid goats as fee[6]


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  1. ^ Barlow, A. Ruffell (1960). Studies in Kikuyu Grammar and Idiom, p. 234
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 thuuri” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 533. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  3. ^ Hinde, Hildegarde (1904). Vocabularies of the Kamba and Kikuyu languages of East Africa, pp. 38–39. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ Armstrong, Lilias E. (1940). The Phonetic and Tonal Structure of Kikuyu. Rep. 1967. (Also in 2018 by Routledge).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yukawa, Yasutoshi (1981). "A Tentative Tonal Analysis of Kikuyu Nouns: A Study of Limuru Dialect." In Journal of Asian and African Studies, No. 22, 75–123.
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 Mugu, Muturi Anthony (2014). Antonymy in Gĩkũyũ: a cognitive semantics approach.