Masculine And Feminine In Moroccan Arabic – Learn Darija

In this lesson, we will talk about masculine and feminine in Moroccan Arabic, starting with the one and simple rule to form feminine for words and adjectives in Moroccan Arabic, then give a little explanation followed by examples.

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Masculine And Feminine In Moroccan Arabic

The One And Simple Formula

Generally, to form a feminine, just add “a” to the end of the msculine noun or adjective: Feminine = Masculine + “a”

Example: For a Moroccan male: Mghribi , Moroccan Female would be Mghribia.

Examples Of Feminine Words In Darija

English WordMasculine In Moroccan ArabicFeminine In Moroccan Arabic
HappyFer7an فرحان Fer7ana فرحانة
SadM9all9 مقلق M9all9a مقلقة
Tired3ayan عيان3ayana عيانة
BigKbir كبيرKbira كبيرة
SmallSghir صغيرSghira صغيرة
MoroccanMghribi مغربيMghribia مغربية
AlgerianJazayri جزايريJazayria جزايرية
TunisianTunsi تونسيTunsia تونسية
EgyptianMisri مصريMisria مصرية
SwissSwisri سويسريSwisria سويسرية
GermanAlmani ألمانيAlmania ألمانية
TallTwil طويلTwila طويلة
Short9sir قصير9sira قصيرة
DoctorTbib طبيبTbiba طبيبة
TeacherOstad أستادOstada أستادة
NurseFremli فرمليFremlia فرملية
LawyerMo7ami محاميMo7amia محامية

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If you could read Arabic, you may have noticed that the “a” is the same ta2 marbota التاء المربوطة ة that comes at the end of most feminine nouns and adjectives, but there are some exceptions for that rule, because not all feminine words ends with “a”, the following table lists some ways to know if the word is feminine:

“a” endingKozina كوزينة kitchen
Banana بنانة banana
Female namesFatima فاطمة
Maryam مريم
Kenza كنزة
Some body parts3in عين eye
Rjel رجل foot
Yad يد hand

Don’t worry about the exceptions as they are commonly used, so you will get familiarised with them from hearing them frequently in context, here are some:

  • Dar دار house
  • Shams شمس sun


Turn the following words into a feminine form:

New: jdid جديد

Bad: khayb خايب

Afraid: khayf خايف

Journalist: sa7afi صحافي

French: fransawi فرنساوي

Sick: mrid مريض

Beautiful: zwin زوين

Once finished the exercise, scroll down for the solutions:

Exercise Solutions

New: jdida جديدة

Bad: khayba خايبة

Afraid: khayfa خايفة

Journalist: sa7afia صحافية

French: fransawia فرنساوية

Sick: mrida مريضة

Beautiful: zwina زوينة

That was all about masculine and feminine in Moroccan Arabic, take your time learning it before continuing to other topics.

Happy learning!

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