Klingon Pocket Dictionary: Introduction
This dictionary consists of a collection of the Klingon words that could be
found in the various works of the inventor the language, Dr. Marc Okrand. Since
our intention has been to produce a practical pocket reference guide, rather
than a complete description of the language, it is assumed that you have at
least basic knowledge of the structure and grammar of Klingon. If you do not,
we urge you to read MO’s main book on the subject, entitled
The Klingon Dictionary (Pocket Books, New York, ,
The contents of this book was automatically created from a database
containing 2531 Klingon words and 3443 English lookup entries. The database was
created in late and has since been continuously updated.
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Word Type Abbreviations
This book uses the same scheme of word type abbreviations as TKD, with one
addition, the word type “name,” which is used for the names of individuals.
Only names mentioned in Okrandian sources are included in the dictionary.
All Klingon words in this dictionary come from verifiable canon sources, but
those listed below are the most frequently occurring. However, some sources are
mentioned only rarely and are therefore not abbreviated. Most notably, when a
word originated from one of MO’s many Usenet postings, the source is given
simply as “News,” with the date given in YYYY-MM-DD format. If you want
to identify or know more about a source given herein I would recommend that you
take a look at the Archive of Okrandian Canon on the Klingonska
Akademien website (klingonska.org), additional information can also be found in The
Klingon Mailing List FAQ
||Klingon Bird of Prey Poster
||Conversational Klingon (language course audio)
||HolQeD (journal of the Klingon Language
||Star Trek: Klingon! (computer game)
||Klingon for the Galactic Traveler (book)
||The Klingon Language Institute
||Marc Okrand (inventor of the language)
||Monopoly: Klingon Edition (board game)
||Power Klingon (language course audio)
||SkyBox trading card number S#
||Star Trek motion picture number #
||Star Trek Encyclopedia (book)
(used only for English spelling)
||The Klingon Dictionary (book)
||Addendum to The Klingon Dictionary
||The Klingon Way (book)
||TalkNow! Klingon (interactive language course)
||Only found in the English–Klingon part of source
||Only found in the Klingon–English part of source
Alphabet and Pronunciation
The Klingon alphabetical order is as follows:
Note that ch, gh, ng,
tlh and ’ are considered letters in their own
right, and that, as a result of this, the word nob would
come before ngab in a Klingon alphabetic
listing. q and Q represent two different
sounds, and are thus sorted as two different letters.
This is only a rough guide to Klingon pronunciation, for a more detailed
description, see TKD section 1.
||[ɑ] As in psalm or pa, never as
||[b] As in bronchitis, gazebo
||[t͡ʃ] As in chew
||[ɖ] As in Swedish värd (host), further back than
English d as in dream or android. Let
the tongue touch halfway between the teeth and the soft palate.
||[ɛ] As in sensor or pet.
||[ɣ] Put tongue as if to say gobble, but relax and hum.
Almost the same as H but voiced.
||[x] As in the name of the German composer Bach. Very
strong and coarse. Similar to gh but without
||[ɪ] As in misfit or pit.
||[d͡ʒ] As in junk (with an
initial d-sound), never as in French jour.
||[l] As in lunge or alchemy.
||[m] As in mud or pneumatic.
||[n] As in nectarine or sunspot.
||[ŋ] As in furlong or thing, never as
in engulf. Also occurs at the beginning of syllables.
||[o] As in go or mosaic.
||[pʰ] As in parallax or oppobrium,
always with a strong puff or pop, never laxly.
||[qʰ] Similar to k in kumquat, but further back. The
tongue should touch the uvula while saying this. A puff of air should
accompany the sound.
||[q͡χ] A harder variant of q, very strong and
||[r] A trilled r using the tip of the tongue, as in
Swedish rör (pipe, tube) if properly
||[ʂ] As in Swedish mothårs (against the predominant
direction of hair growth e.g. on a pet) or as an English s
articulated with the tongue in the Klingon D
||[tʰ] As in tarpaulin or critique. It
is accompanied by a puff of air.
||[t͡ɬ] To learn how to say this Klingon sound, first
say l, then keep your tongue in the same position and exhale. Now
repeat this, but let the air build up pressure behind your tongue before
releasing it. The resulting sound should be voiceless, and you should be
able to feel the air escape quite forcefully on both sides of your
||[u] As in gnu, prune or soon,
never as in but or cute.
||[v] As in vulgar or demonstrative.
||[w] As in worrywart or cow.
||[j] As in yodel or joy.
||[ʔ] As in the abrupt cutoff of sound in uh-oh
or unh-unh meaning “no”. At the end of a word this sound is
usually followed by a soft echo of the preceding sound.
Verbs are stressed on the last syllable of the stem, and the first
suffix is unstressed. After that, any additional suffixes which end
in ’ are also stressed. Exception: The speaker may emphasize a
suffix by shifting the stress to it, and leave the rest of the word unstressed
(this frequently happens with -’a’, -be’, -Qo’, -Ha’, and -qu’). Adjectival
verbs are stressed as verbs.
Nouns are usually stressed on the last syllable of the stem, however
if there are any syllables in the word that end in ’, then
those syllables are stressed instead (if there are more than one, they are
equally stressed). Nominalized verbs (nouns made with -wI’ or -ghach) are stressed as