Definition of Twi in US English:

Twi

noun

  • 1A member of an Akan-speaking people of Ghana.

    • ‘This dance is popular among the Twi, the Fante (who call it Adzewa), and the Ga.’
    • ‘Does anyone know of any other Niger-Congo languages up on that northerly coast that are like this, contrasting with the better-known Twis and Mendes and Igbos?’
  • 2

    another term for Akan (the language)
    • ‘My parents reminded us where we came from, though, and I spoke Twi, which is most widely spoken by Ghanaians.’
    • ‘Bono, Twi, Fanti, and Ga transcripts were translated and transcribed jointly by bilingual research assistants and myself.’
    • ‘Though Twi is widely spoken throughout the country, not every ethnic group in Ghana speaks it as their first language.’
    • ‘Broadcasting mostly in Twi, but also in Ewe, Ga, and some English, the station generally reaches those who are not on salary, who have less education and less disposable income.’
    • ‘They constitute the largest ethnic group in Ghana, with Twi being the most commonly spoken language.’
    • ‘You learned quickly to introduce yourself to a new acquaintance in proper English and to recoil in horror and disgust when the response you got was phrased in Ga or Dagaare or Twi or Ewe.’
    • ‘More than that, we have to project a multiculturalism that makes it clear that we can translate it all - Arabic, Ghanaian Twi, Haitian patois and other languages.’
    • ‘The Gullah language retains a great deal West African syntax and combines English vocabulary with words from African languages such as Ewe, Mandinka, Igbo, Twi, Yoruba, and Mende.’
    • ‘That is, Twi has little inflection - despite its tones which make it as hard to learn for us as Chinese…’
    • ‘She has command of Twi and Ga, two principal languages in southern Ghana, and she studied Fulfulde in France in preparation for her eighteen months of fieldwork among Fulani immigrants.’
    • ‘First, though Twi was not necessarily the first language or dialect of everyone in the church, every Ghanaian member could speak and understand it.’
    • ‘These members felt that the use of Twi unfairly privileged the Ashanti ethnic group over others.’
    • ‘It is the only poem I have ever completed in Twi, and thus for me represents a long journey of struggle, and, as a performance poet, of courage.’
    • ‘Over the next six hours, she will translate an endless stream of introductions, acceptance speeches, keynote addresses, auditors' reports, votes of thanks and closing prayers from Twi into perfect English.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Twi or their language.

    • ‘By 1997 however, a mere five years later, the church had an English and Twi service.’
    • ‘Eventually a compromise was reached: have both an English and Twi service, with the English service as the main evangelism arm of the church.’
    • ‘According to this custom, a child born on Tuesday, whose parents speak the Twi language, would have a name derived from Benada, the Twi word for Tuesday.’

Origin

The name in Akan.

Pronunciation

Twi

/twē/