emi

emi, v.i.

1. Shrink, contract, shrivel, cringe, cower.

Kua emi te pona i tōku pu‘a‘anga
the shirt shrank when I washed it;

‘E kāka‘u emi tēia mē pu‘ā‘ia,
this material shrinks when it’s washed;

Nō te anu, nō reira te pākiri i tōna rima i emi ei,
because of the cold, the skin on his hands had wrinkled up;

Kua emi mai te kōpapa o tēnā tamaiti nō te roa i tōna maki‘anga,
the child’s body is emaciated because he has been ill so long;

Kua kite au i te ‘ā‘ā i te ‘emi‘anga ki roto i te va‘arua,
I saw the eel squirming back into the hole;

Kua emi ‘aia ki muri i tōku moto‘anga iāia,
he shrank back when I punched him;

Kua kite au ē kua mataku ‘aia i tōna emi‘anga ki muri,
I realised that he was afraid when he cowered back.

2. Have qualms, shrink from, be deterred, put off.

Nāringa kāre koe, kāre rāi ‘aia e emi i te tuatua kino mai kia mātou,
if you hadn’t been there, he wouldn’t have shrunk from using foul language to us;

E emi ngō‘ie ‘ua ana ‘aia i te tuatua ‘aka‘apa,
he is easily deterred by criticism.
(see emiemi, tāemi).
[Pn. *‘emi.]

maitu1

maitu1, v.i. Be shocked and offended, turned against sbdy or something, put off.

Kua maitu te tangata i tāna au tuatua.
The people took exception to the things he said;

Kua riro taua tuatua ‘ei maitu‘anga nō rāua.
Those remarks only served to offend them;

Kua kite au i te tangata i te maitu‘anga i te tuatua a te mema kōnitara.
I could see people were being put off by what the councillor said.
(See ‘akamaitu.)