Usage category: core

Recognition: 99%

Book: pu

Coined era: pre-pu

eye; look at, see, examine, observe, read, watch; look for, seek; (pv.) try to


In common usage (both before and after pu), "lukin" and "oko" are separate words, each with their own meaning. In pu, they are considered synonyms. Those who consider them synonyms typically don't use "oko" at all, preferring "lukin" in all circumstances. The usage of "alasa" as a preverb meaning "try to" is more common than "lukin". In pu, only "lukin" has this meaning.

lipu ku translations

see⁵, observe⁵, look at⁵, sight⁵, gaze⁵, observation⁵, check⁴, view⁴, scan⁴, watch⁴, visual⁴, examine³, inspection³, vision³, notice³, surveillance³, attention³, appearance³, examination³, detect³, assess², stare², perception², perceive², try², glance², impression², reading², regard (v)², apparent², visible², read², seek², eye², investigation², monitor², encounter²

pu verbatim

NOUN eye

VERB to look at, see, examine, observe, read, watch

PRE-VERB to seek, look for, try to

related words

oko, alasa


Source Language: Tok Pisin

Etymology: lukim ‘see, look at’ ← luk ‘look’ (← English look) + -im ‘(transitive suffix)’ (← English him, ’em)

Creator(s): jan Sonja

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Etymology: pictogram of an eye. compare blissymbol “eye”

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