‘ō‘onu

‘ō‘onu, v.i.

1. Deep.

Kua ‘ō‘onu te va‘arua, ‘auraka e kō ‘aka‘ou.
The hole is deep enough now, don’t dig any more;

‘E ruāvai ‘ō‘onu tēnā.
That is a deep well;

E keri ‘ō‘onu i te arāvai.
Dig the ditch deep;

‘E a‘a te ‘ō‘onu?
What is the depth?;

‘Ī rua kumi te ‘ō‘onu.
The depth is two

kumi
(20 fathoms).

2. Profound (of thought or speech), esp. going into great detail, having an underlying or concealed meaning.

‘E a‘a tika ai te ‘ō‘onu‘anga i tō‘ou manako?
What are you really getting at?;

Mē ‘ākara ‘ō‘onu atu koe i tāna tuatua, kā kite meitaki koe i tōna ‘akakoro‘anga.
If you look deeper into what he said, you‘ll see that his plan is all right. (See ‘aka‘ō‘onu.) [Ep. *fofonu.]

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