दक्षिण कोंकणी उतरावळि

A Southern Konkani Vocabulary Collection



  1. A baby squirrel doesn’t require lessons to climb a tree
  2. A bridge means it can be used to cross from both sides
  3. A brim-full pot never agitates
  4. A broken stick can be tied with a string but how can one tie a broken mind
  5. A cat scalded with hot milk fears even cold milk
  6. A child without a mother is a glutton
  7. A day for mother in-law and a day for daughter in-law
  8. A dog's trail will be curved even if it is put in a pipe
  9. A drowning person pulls down others
  10. A fight between two dogs results in sand showered on the rice
  11. A friend in need is a friend indeed
  12. A frog in the well feels the well itself is the whole universe
  13. A full coconut for the dog what use would be an unhusked coconut be to a dog?
  14. A guest of two houses doesn’t get food from both
  15. A half-filled vessel always sloshes around
  16. A little knowledge is dangerous
  17. A man drowning in the pond tries to even hold on to moss
  18. A man eating food of twelve measures gets a thirteen measure eating wife
  19. A mango seed planted will not produce tamarind
  20. A mother of ten children has to spend outdoors stranded
  21. A mouthful of hot water (cannot swallow because of heat, cant spit as it will burn the lips)
  22. A near enemy may be of help than a distant friend
  23. A pearl bigger than a nose
  24. A person of short longevity has more intelligence - or vice versa
  25. A roof of cloth for a house of sticks
  26. A rotten finger has to be cut off
  27. A serpent jumps and so the earthworm too tries to jump
  28. A small problem causes the canoe to sink and a spark burns a house
  29. A third person benefits from two's quarrel
  30. A tiger at home but a fox outside
  31. A white bitter gourd with bitterness inside
  32. Adding a drop of oil to a burning ember
  33. After marriage the man is in chains, after the birth of a child he has to eat mud
  34. All fingers are not alike
  35. All that glitters is not gold
  36. All that is white is not milk
  37. Among the blind the squint eyed one becomes the king
  38. An arecanut can be kept in the lap but can an arecanut tree be kept there?
  39. Appetite/desire grows by what it feeds on
  40. As the king, so are the subjects
  41. As the seed so the plant, as the plant so the fruit
  42. As your deeds so the effect
  43. Ask the person eating for a bite
  44. At home it is alms but outside ghee for one's whiskers
  45. At the time of eating sweets remember the time when one had to eat the bran
  46. Bad judgement cannot be pulled back even by an elephant
  47. Bashfulness stands in the way of earning rice gruel
  48. Beads of one string
  49. Because it is black does not mean it is charcoal and white doesn’t mean it is white batter
  50. Because of the luck of the cat the rope holding the hung pot breaks
  51. Because the crow flies the feather too tries to fly
  52. Before stretching one's legs check the size of the mattress
  53. Big basket complaining to the small basket
  54. Blind man prays for one eye and god gives two
  55. Blood is thicker than water
  56. Brass lock for a screen door
  57. Broken pot can never be mended
  58. Burning by self the lamp gives light to others
  59. Burning the old saree in the hearth before new one is bought
  60. Call me for food but for work call you
  61. Can the scent of musk be hidden by covering it?
  62. Cannot be done by striking a wand
  63. Can’t change fate by rubbing away the fate line
  64. Chanting god's names and cuts throat using a hair strand
  65. Cheap food results in diarrhoea
  66. Cow in appearance but tiger inside
  67. Dare not swallow dare not spit
  68. Deeds follow
  69. Desire doesn’t grow old
  70. Do not have debts even if you have no wealth
  71. Do not hurt a kite or a snake and turn your back
  72. Do not throw stones in loose excrement
  73. Do the work by self if you want it well done
  74. Do you look out for a privy only after getting urgent nature calls
  75. Do you want to eat appams or count the moulds used for cooking them?
  76. Does not god create food for those whom he created?
  77. Does the black gram when soaked become a drum?
  78. Dog always loves ash heap
  79. Dogs like the taste of leather and a horse like the taste of the iron(bit) and an elephant likes the taste of the tethering chain
  80. Dogs quarrel for the thrown out leaves used to dine on
  81. Doing business allowing borrowal causes heat
  82. Don't cry over destiny without working
  83. Donating by one arm should not be known by the other
  84. Don’t apply oil while forgetting your head
  85. Dug a pit for others but slipped and fell down in it
  86. Eat what is prepared, suffer what comes
  87. Either the server has to be careful or the eating person has to be careful
  88. Empty pot makes the greatest sound
  89. Even a coconut shell full of water is like a sea for a tiny ant
  90. Even if a golden needle is available there is the need for an iron needle
  91. Even if milk is fed to a serpent it will spit venom
  92. Even if one goes on a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram the effects of Saturn does not leave
  93. Even if the cot is small it will have four legs
  94. Even if the crow sits on the temple tower it will not become the sacred kite
  95. Even if the house is small mind should be great
  96. Even if the idol is small the fame is great
  97. Even if the seed of poison nut tree is roasted in milk, the bitterness will prevail
  98. Even if you give a good mattress the dog will sleep on the warm ash
  99. Even if you keep the money tied it will escape
  100. Even if you take a dog to the throne, it will still go to the ash heap to lie down
  101. Even nectar in excess is poison
  102. Even sand thrown will not reach the ground
  103. Even the bolts on the doors/walls have ears
  104. Even the coal of coconut shell is not good enough for measuring the characteristics
  105. Even though family and clan are of no greatness, there is no shortage of excreta and urine
  106. First the worship of stomach and only then the worship of god
  107. For a crow, its chicks are beautiful
  108. For a lazy man the day is endless and for a hardworking man even the night is not enough
  109. For removing the rice pancakes from the griddle a flat ladle is a must
  110. For the daughter in law for this Diwali and that Diwali (once in a while),and for the daughter this Friday and that Friday(often)
  111. For the householder who urinates by standing, there will be a a priest who urinates while running
  112. For the ignorant it is ghost, for the intelligent it is thread
  113. For the putrid rice burnt fried victual
  114. For the rotten fish rotten tamarind is used
  115. Getting one thing today is better than getting two tomorrow
  116. God does not give horns to the horse
  117. God gave the benefits and they were taken away by actions
  118. Great braggarts are little doers
  119. Having blanket and one feels cold but with no blanket cold gets frightened away
  120. Having overeaten due to desire it is now choking in throat
  121. Having swum across the ocean, he got drowned in the water that was ankle deep
  122. He brags but eats cow dung
  123. He who ate the chicken has a feather on his head
  124. He who blows into the ash gets it in the eyes
  125. He who lacks foresight lags behind others
  126. High tides have their low tides, and each new moon has a full moon
  127. Horse gram does not cook by a single boiling
  128. Hot over hot and work finishes fast
  129. How to hide your pregnancy from the midwife?
  130. Hugging a thorny tree and getting the thorns on body
  131. Hurt caused by words is remembered and hurt caused by beating forgotten
  132. Idle carpenter sawing off the thigh/testis/buttocks
  133. If an empty coconut shell is scraped kernel scrapings could not be obtained
  134. If death occurs today tomorrow is the second day
  135. If husband and wife have unity, the two can lay on a pestle/tamarind leaf
  136. If one bites one's tongue using one's own teeth who is to be blamed?
  137. If one does action which should not to be done, that which shouldn’t happen will happen
  138. If one does not know cooking blame the firewood for being wet
  139. If one does not know to dance, then blame the floor by calling it uneven
  140. If one drinks milk under a coconut tree, it will be mistaken for toddy
  141. If one falls in the mortar one has to suffer the pounding from the pestle
  142. If one has intelligence why does he need a treasure?
  143. If one has longevity even if a slab of stone is dropped on the nose one won’t die
  144. If one has money/food then it is Ashtami and if not then is Ekadashi
  145. If one is an ass why should he scold others if they sit on his back?
  146. If one practices one can eventually lift an elephant
  147. If one practices stealing one must also learn to conceal
  148. If one tends to lie the only gain will be a coconut shell as a begging bowl
  149. If one utters the word money even the corpse gapes
  150. If one weaves a cord on his own thigh he will know the pain
  151. If something fall down from one's hand it is possible to pick it up, but the words one utters are not possible to be withdrawn
  152. If the child defecates on one's thigh do one cut of the thigh itself?
  153. If the dhoti is long will the gotra become great
  154. If the earthworm crawl into sunshine because the snake is going out then it will be scorched
  155. If the elephant has got thin can it be tied in the cowshed?
  156. If the feather tries to fly upon seeing the winged seeds flying, it will surely fall into the trench or the ash heap
  157. If the little finger gets inflamed how much will it swell
  158. If the needle is made of gold do one thrust it into the stomach
  159. If there is no food to fill the stomach one does not eat roasted shrimps
  160. If there is space in mind there is space in the canoe
  161. If you give space to allow a needle in then a crowbar will be pushed in
  162. If you have forged coin why should you scold the shop keeper?
  163. If you have good virtues everything in hand becomes gold
  164. If you have wealth you have many visitors
  165. If you jump into the well due to one anger, you cannot come out of it even if you get hundred angers meaning by getting more angry
  166. If you sow thorns do not expect to walk barefooted
  167. If you wash the donkey will it become a horse?
  168. In the forest he is afraid of the tiger, in the house of the wife
  169. In the mango season even the thud of a stone falling will be construed as a mango
  170. Incurring debts is like putting the hand in an oil mill
  171. Injustice comes with excuses
  172. Investigating about the cat's sixth day ceremony to the dog's sixth month ceremony
  173. Is a mirror necessary to view the boil on the palm?
  174. It does not feel cold once you are fully immersed
  175. It is always dark at the bottom of the lamp
  176. It is better to utter a few good words than to utter hard words
  177. It is cheap to give but difficult to accept
  178. It is difficult to find intelligent people, but it is easy to get foolish ones everywhere
  179. It is enough to allow the cockroach to put its feelers in (and he will enter in whole)
  180. It is hell wherever the sinner goes
  181. It is like serving buttermilk rice in a tarnished plate
  182. It is not possible to clap using one hand
  183. It is pointless to read scriptures to a donkey
  184. Jaggery ball doesn't have two sides
  185. Just because you are upon a horse do not break the staff
  186. Just because you die tomorrow should you go and fall into the grave today?
  187. Keep not till tomorrow what is to be done today
  188. Let the priest know the mantras, I know how to eat and drink
  189. Lid suitable for the pot
  190. Like killing the cow and offering leather sandals as atonement
  191. Look at the mother before marrying the daughter similarly test the quality and quantity of milk before buying a buffalo
  192. Lost respect and dead person will never return
  193. Lost self-respect cannot be restored, broken ruby cannot be repaired
  194. Lying face up and spitting will cause it to fall on your chest
  195. Man’s life is like the bubbles on the water surface
  196. Mhalpai suffers from indigestion, the villagers get to eat rice gruel
  197. Money flows towards money
  198. Money obtained by selling gooseberries do not sting
  199. Moonlight worries a thief
  200. Mother does not feed and father does not allow to beg
  201. Mouth that has eaten bran can eat sweet Mando but that which has tasted Mando should not eat bran
  202. Nagar Panchami (festival of the Naga’s/snakes) celebrated in Garuda's land (sworn enemy of the Naga’s)
  203. Naggu to pound the paddy and Jaggu to eat the food
  204. No food for the existing child but offerings for the one yet to be born
  205. No medicine without dry ginger
  206. No money in hand, for him which Kailas
  207. No one checks the horoscope of the dead
  208. No one counts the teeth in the gifted cow's mouth
  209. No one looks at the teeth of a gift cow
  210. No one throws banana leaf used to dine on in places other than the dump
  211. No quarrel without two
  212. No value for something available at home but feels to be valuable if it is from outside
  213. No way to live but uses ghee on whiskers
  214. No worship for the god at home but offerings for other gods
  215. One can advise an ignorant person but what to do with an imprudent person
  216. One can displace the hill if you have money
  217. One can participate in grandmother's thirteenth death day and also get a chance to eat the black gram snack Ghari
  218. One can see the reflection of roof in one's gruel but still there is no decrease in vanity
  219. One can tie up the mouth of a well but not of a river
  220. One cannot catch fish without wetting the body/limbs
  221. One cannot help licking ones fingers that has been put into the jaggery container
  222. One eats dung and wipes the hand on another's face
  223. One forgets about his own but talks about other’s
  224. One forgets the ash gourd underneath his own feet and goes to check the mustard under other's feet
  225. One has to die to get salvation
  226. One has to look behind too while going forward
  227. One is lying face down yet will argue that the nose is up
  228. One night cannot bring the dawn
  229. One pats his own back
  230. One should not let go after climbing halfway up a coconut palm
  231. One who closely follows the customs will suffer less
  232. One who guards the pond does not die for water
  233. One who hadn’t seen rice starch got to see cooked rice
  234. One who has been forsaken by god cannot be reformed by man
  235. One who has eaten salt will drink water actions give the reaction
  236. One who is alive today may not be so tomorrow
  237. One who is innocent need not fear
  238. One who lives in the company of a calf eats grass, one who lives with a puppy practices to eat faeces
  239. One whose tongue has been scalded by hot milk drinks even buttermilk after blowing on it
  240. One will be forced to fall in the pit dug by self
  241. One will not be able to take a bath expecting the waves to stop
  242. One's own deed is great the other's is cashew nut
  243. Out of anger for the mother in law the daughter in law beats the child
  244. Outer appearance is big but inside hollow
  245. Porpoise is in the sea and people standing on the beach are quarrelling for the sharing of the not yet caught porpoise
  246. Pounding chaff and getting a blister
  247. Quality of the seed is revealed when it sprouts
  248. Receive an ash gourd in exchange of a gooseberry
  249. Remove a thorn with a thorn
  250. Rich get respect
  251. Rub (work out) your shoulders and use your tongue less
  252. Sesame seed is being dried for making oil, but what is the (cockroach's) excreta in it drying for?
  253. Should one burn the hand without using the available ladle
  254. Should one hang himself on the tree because it is planted by his grandfather?
  255. Sit down before straightening your legs
  256. Sitting in the mortar can one avoid the pounding by the pestle?
  257. Small people talk more do less
  258. Spend according to your earnings
  259. Spilt milk is an offering to lord Krishna
  260. Spoil the fast by eating sesame seed
  261. Stones are mostly thrown at mango trees
  262. Take the medicine given by the grandfather
  263. Taking a coconut shell as a begging bowl in hand
  264. Taking pleasure in seeing the daughter in law becoming widow
  265. Ten lies for one lie
  266. That which came for the eye touched only the eyebrow
  267. The Brahmin with filled up stomach will find fault with the curd
  268. The ash gourd creeper will not feel the ash gourd as heavy
  269. The ass that desired horns got his ears crippled
  270. The bitter gourd will taste bitter even if soaked in sugar
  271. The boy is in the lap but one is seeking in the whole colony
  272. The brave person in the village is really a coward in front of his wife
  273. The burden from the head reached the shoulder
  274. The chicken tries to copy the peacock’s dance
  275. The chicken which I had seen had three horns
  276. The compound is an indication of the house
  277. The cow that has stopped yielding milk is given as a gift to the priest
  278. The crow's eye is constantly on the tender cucumber
  279. The crying child will get milk
  280. The donkey is proud that god is seated upon him
  281. The ear lobes and the stomach tubes/intestines lengthens as much as needed
  282. The elephant goes swaying (lavishly) but questions the mosquito
  283. The flower that is not reachable is left as an offering to god
  284. The forest is big but there is not a single leaf to tie up asafoetida gum in
  285. The fox plays on the tiger's whiskers
  286. The god of cobblers gets the offerings of sandals
  287. The grief of shaving the head is greater than that of the death of her husband
  288. The handle of an axe becomes the reason for the destruction of the clan
  289. The head is as small as a mustard but the umbrella is as wide as the sky
  290. The innocent are free from fear
  291. The jasmine flowers in your front yard have less fragrance
  292. The king's sword is double edged
  293. The kite (eagle) is not able to fly over money
  294. The kshetra palaka gets beaten with sawdust
  295. The leaf does not shake without wind
  296. The legs of a pampered child are curved
  297. The mind hurt by a word does not become normal by ten words
  298. The more you have the more you want
  299. The morning does not dawn by the crowing of cock
  300. The mother looks at [her son's] stomach and the wife looks at the bundle [of money]
  301. The mountain seems smooth from a distance
  302. The name is great but deeds are small
  303. The one who cries today laughs tomorrow
  304. The person who has eaten will want more and one who has taken a bathe will feel he has more dirt
  305. The relationship between a dog and a cat results in day long fights
  306. The rich man ordered the servant, the servant ordered the dog, the dog ordered its tail
  307. The rope ring used for the coconut palm is not suitable for the arecanut palm
  308. The snack Ghari cannot be made by uttering the sound 'ghar'
  309. The son-in-law has come the mother-in-law gets clay to eat
  310. The spade will go in only where it is soft
  311. The tiger cub does not give up its nature even if it is reared in milk
  312. The time passed will not return even if pulled by an elephant
  313. The touch stone which was too heavy to pick up, when covered with gold became easy to carry
  314. The wealth earned is proportionate to the work you do
  315. The wooden seat should be according to buttocks and the rice pancakes according to the mouth
  316. The worm in the cow dung does not feel the stench
  317. There are nine ways to hell but only one to heaven
  318. There is no smoke without fire
  319. There is not a three Pice (old coin of kerala) for the child but has six Pice for using for warding off evil
  320. Thinking that the sky is going to fall down can one give support to it using one’s shoulders
  321. Thinking that tomorrow one will die should one go and dig a pit today itself?
  322. Tiger going on the road come and eat me
  323. To be contented is great fortune
  324. To clap one needs two hands
  325. To eat at husbands and get from paramour
  326. To go begging when seated on a palanquin
  327. To kill a mouse no one sets the house on fire
  328. To live in water and quarrel with the fish
  329. To transport a load of particular value it costs double the amount
  330. Today's beggar can become tomorrow's king
  331. Today's king tomorrow's beggar
  332. Torch in a blind person's hand
  333. Truth is always twelve years old
  334. Truth will never be destructed
  335. Trying to roast pappad when the beard catches fire
  336. Trying to take honey using a pole can't make it to fall in the mouth
  337. Two pieces in a single blow
  338. Using the pot for watering for the whole day and breaking it in the evening
  339. Vessels of the same mould one for milk and another for fish
  340. Water flows towards low-lying areas
  341. Water on upturned pot
  342. Water will not be separated into two with a blow
  343. Wealth has got feathers (wings)
  344. Wealthy have more desire
  345. Went to help but received in return excreta on body
  346. What could have been done with a needle had to be done with a pestle
  347. What is day or night for a blind person
  348. What is heard with one ear has to be released through the other ear
  349. What is in the mind keep it there itself, what is heard from the people keep in public, and keep the basil leaf on the ears
  350. What is the need for a cat where gold is being weighed?
  351. Whatever is held under arms must not fall but have to get what is kept on the ledge
  352. When a lazy person is asked to roast jackfruit seed he says that raw seeds are sweeter
  353. When a person who is disliked serves food even salt will be saltless
  354. When alcohol enters the house reasoning power leaves
  355. When one doesn’t have it in head, if bored and stuffed into, still will vomit it out
  356. When one has teeth eat chickpeas
  357. When the banana tree falls on the thorny plant or the thorny stick falls on the banana tree the loss is for the banana tree
  358. When the cashew/dates ripens the crow has festers in his mouth
  359. When the girdle is hot fry the pancake
  360. When the head carries heavy weights why are the legs being envious?
  361. When the house is burning tries to cut the banana tree
  362. When the minds of the husband and wife are alike there is food in the vessel
  363. When the mother in-law and daughter in law quarrels sand falls in the rice
  364. When the tiger has been locked in the cage anyone can throw a stone
  365. When work is done there is food
  366. Where there is food there are too many visitors
  367. Where there is jaggery there are ants and where there is honey there are flies
  368. Where there is wealth there is fear
  369. While toiling cry, while eating laugh
  370. Whiskers doesn’t get coconut oil but from where does the beard gets jasmine oil
  371. Why need an axe to take a thorn out of the feet?
  372. Why should a blind person require spectacles?
  373. Will a crow become a crane by taking a bath?
  374. Will a sleeping cat catch a mouse?
  375. Will not a bloomed flower send out fragrance?
  376. Will the Nux vomica tree yield jujube fruit?
  377. Will the mouth feel pain for a person eating bananas
  378. Will the shadow be white because the body is fair?
  379. Will throw in the dump but won’t donate
  380. Wives and earthen pots are equal
  381. Worship a stone and it becomes god
  382. Would a barren woman know the pangs of labour
  383. You can beat someone on the back but don’t beat him on the stomach
  384. Your hand will not be paid