onge

onge,

1. v.i. Be short of (something), lack (esp. food), be in a state of famine.

Kua onge te ‘enua i te ‘ava‘ava i te tuātau tamaki.
The island was without (or short of) tobacco during the wartime;

‘Ī rua marama i tō mātou onge‘anga i te vai.
We were short of water for two months;

Ko te ‘enua onge putuputu tēia i te kai papa‘ā.
This island often runs out of imported food;

Kua onge kōrua?
Are you two hungry?

2. n. Famine, dearth, shortage.

Kua roko‘ia taua ‘enuā ra e te onge ma‘ata.
The land was overtaken by a great famine. (See ‘akaonge, tāonge.) [*ho”e.]