Malagasy Adjectives

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Malagasy Adjectives

Learning the Malagasy Adjectives is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Malagasy language. But first we need to know what the role of Adjectives is in the structure of the grammar in Malagasy.

Malagasy Adjectives are words that describe or modify another person or thing in the sentence.

Grammar Tips:

While in English an adjective doesn’t change when the noun changes, we have the same similarity in Malagasy: no change of adjectives. For example:

a)    Masculine to feminine example:

Ity ny zanako lahy kely (this is my little son) is the same as: Ity ny zanako vavy kely (this is my little daughter), kely = little.

As you can see from the example above, the adjective comes after the noun in the sentence structure.

b)    Singular to plural example:

Ity ny saka fotsiko (this is my white cat) is the same as: Ireto ny saka fotsiko (these are my white cats).

As you can see from the example above, the adjective comes after the noun in the sentence structure.


Here are some examples:

English AdjectivesMalagasy Adjectives
adjectivesMpamaritra
a green treehazo maitso
a tall buildingtrano avo
a very old manrangahy antitra be
the old red houseilay trano mena tranainy
a very nice friendnamana iray mahafinaritra

Notice the structure of the Adjectives in Malagasy.

List of Adjectives in Malagasy

Below is a list of the Adjectives, Colors, Shapes, Sizes in Malagasy placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Malagasy vocabulary.

English AdjectivesMalagasy Adjectives
colorsloko
blackmainty
bluemanga
brownvolon-tany
grayvolon-davenona
greenmaintso
orangevolom-boasary
purplevolo-parasy
redmena
whitefotsy
yellowmavo
sizeshangeza
biglehibe
deeplalina
longlava
narrowtery
shortfohy
smallkely
talllava
thickmatevina
thinmahia
widengeza/vaventy
shapesEndrika
circularboribory
straightmahitsy
squareefa-joro
triangulartelo zoro
tastestsiro
bittermangidy
freshvaovao/tsara
saltymasira
sourmarikivy
spicyfeno hanitra
sweetmamy
qualitieskalitao
badratsy
cleanmadio
darkmaizina
difficultsarotra
dirtymaloto
drymaina
easymora
emptyfoana
expensivelafo
fasthaingana
foreignvahiny
fullfeno
goodtsara
hardmafy
heavymavesatra
inexpensivemora
lightmaivana
localeto an-toerana
newvaovao
noisybe tabataba
oldantitra/fahiny
powerfulmahery/matanjaka
quietmangina
correctmety/tsy misy diso/tsara
slowmiadana
softmalefaka
verytena
weakmarefo
wetmando
wrongratsy/tsy mety
youngtanora
quantitieshabetsahana
fewvitsy
littlekely
manybetsaka
muchbetsaka
partsombiny
someVitsivitsy
a fewvitsy
wholerehetra/manontolo

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