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.]

3

3, v.i. 1. Get thin (as rope).

Nō te ‘akaetaeta a te puakatoro, kua vī te taura.
The rope got thin as a result of the bull’s constant tugging on it.

2. Lie back as dog’s ear’s.

Kua vī te taringa o te puakaoa mei te meā ra ē ‘e ‘apinga tāna e kitē ra.
The dog has got its ears back as if it hears something.

3. Submit, give in, desist, be subdued.

‘Okota‘i ‘ua pa‘a rāvenga e vī ei ‘aia, koia ‘oki, kia tuku‘ia ‘aia ki roto i te ‘are ‘āuri.
There is only one way to get him to stop, throw him in gaol;

Kāre rava au e vī iā koe.
I‘ll never give in to you;

‘Ea‘a koe i reira i vī ei?
Why did you submit, then?

4. Shrink from.

I tōku vī‘anga i te rave i te kino, kua ‘aere rava au ‘ei tangata nō te Atua.
When I shrank from doing evil then I really became one of God’s men.