teretere, fq. tere.
1. (-a, -‘ia). Slice.
Kua teretere ‘aia i te ngā‘i kino o te kūmara.
He’s sliced the rotten parts off the kumara;
Ka meitaki ‘ua i te teretere i tēta‘i mānga kia iti mai.
It won’t do any harm to trim it a bit smaller;
Tereterea te pākiri o te au poupou ka ‘akatū ei.
Trim the bark off before you put the posts in.
2. Slide, slip, drift, move about, (be) loose etc.
Kua teretere ‘ua tōna vaevae i runga i te one i tōna tāpū‘anga i te taura.
His feet kept slipping in the sand as he took the strain on the rope;
‘E rākau teretere ‘ua tēnā, pātiā‘ia.
That plank is quite loose (moving about), nail it down;
Nō te teretere i te rākau nō reira i tāpeka‘ia ai.
The timber was tied down because it was moving to and fro.
3. Sail along, travel, etc.
Tērā e teretere maī ra ‘a ‘Ina mā mei te tango patito.
There come ‘Ina and her friends back from getting sea-hares;
Kua teretere te au vaka tautai ki te moana.
The fishing canoes put out to sea.
4. Stretch, give.
Kā teretere te rima i tō pona mē ‘uti‘uti koe.
You‘ll stretch the sleeves of your shirt dragging on them.