Alternative formsEdit


Derived from kwaria (to speak).[1]


  • IPA(key): /mwà(ː)ɾiɔ̀ꜜ/, /moàɾiɔ̀ꜜ/
As for Tonal Class, Benson (1964) classifies this term into Class 1 with a disyllabic stem, together with ndaka, and so on.
  • (Kiambu)
  • (Nyeri) Ford (1975:61) claims that the a is pronounced long.[3]


mwario class 3 (plural mĩario)

  1. way of speaking, manner of speaking
    Synonym: rwario

Related termsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ mwario” in Benson, T.G. (1964). Kikuyu-English dictionary, p. 16. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Ford, K. C. (1975). "The Tones of Nouns in Kikuyu." In Studies in African Linguistics, Volume 6, Number 1, pp. 49–64.