ngo‘engo‘eā

ngo‘engo‘eā, v.i.

1. Weak, unthrifty, without vigour (of the growth (tupu) of plants).

Kua maniua mātou i te pū kuru i te ngo‘engo‘eā‘anga te tupu.
We manured the breadfruit tree when its growth began to fail;

Kua ngo‘engo‘eā te tupu o teia pū rākau.
This tree is going back (growth failing).

2. Apathetic, dispirited, slack.

‘E tamaiti ngo‘engo‘eā ‘a Manu i roto i te tu‘epōro.
That boy Manu is very slack on the rugby field;

nō te ngo‘engo‘eā iā koe,
because of your apathy;

‘Ea‘a koe i ‘ākara‘anga ngo‘engo‘eā ai i tēia pōpongi?
What are you looking so miserable about this morning? [Pn. *„aofe.]

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