nuinui, noinoi, nounou, v.t. Desire intensely, covet(ing), greedy.
Kare rava akenei au i noinoi i te ario a te tangata katoa nei.
I have never yet coveted any man’s silver (Acts 20.33);
Kua noinoi ‘aia kia ‘ōronga‘ia mai tāna ika kia ma‘ata.
He desperately wanted to be given a large share of fish;
Kua nuinui te tamaiti i te au ‘enua o tōna metua kia riro iāia.
The son was very keen that his father’s land should come to him;
Nō tōna nuinui i taku pereue, nō reira ‘aia i keiāi.
He took a fancy to my coat, so he stole it;
Ko te kai nuinui‘ia tēia e te tangata.
This is the dish people go for;
I tōna nuinui‘anga kia rauka ia rātou te rē, kua tuku ‘aia i tōna māro‘iro‘i ‘openga.
He was so keen for them to win that he put all he had into the game. [-nui2, -noi, -nou RR.]