‘uti‘uti, (-a, -‘ia), fq. ‘uti1.
1. Twitch, jerk (intr.), come in spasms (of pain).
Kua ‘uti‘uti te mamae i tōna vaevae.
The pain in his leg came in spasms.
2. Jerk (tr.), pull, hoist, tug, draw (breath).
Kua ‘uti‘uti ‘aia i tō māua taringa.
He tweaked our ears; Kua mamae tōna rima i te ‘uti‘uti-‘anga i te purūmu. His hands were sore with yanking out the purūmu shrubs; Kia pou te au kie i te ‘uti‘uti ka tāmā ai i te ta‘ua. See that all the sails are hoisted before you scrub the decks; Kia matakite i te ‘āmiri i teia niuniu ora, ka ‘uti‘utia koe e te uira. Be careful not to touch these live wires or you‘ll get electric shocks; Nō te ‘uti‘uti i tōna ‘akaea, nō reira kua rapu-rapu rātou i te ‘apai iāia ki te taote. Because he was breathing in gasps they rushed him to the doctor.