1

1, v.i.

1. Rotten, decayed.

Kua pē tēnā pi‘ā vī, taria nā te puaka.
The mangoes in that box have gone rotten, take them away for the pigs;

te rau rākau pē,
decayed leaves;

Kua pē tō‘ou ni‘o.
Your tooth is decayed.

2. Soft and (over) ripe (of breadfruit).

‘Apaina mai ngā kuru pē ‘ei ma‘ani paki.
Bring over that pair of very ripe breadfruit to make

paki
pudding with.

3. Retted, soaked until soft and white (of hibiscus fibre soaked in the sea).

Kua pē te kiri‘au i roto i te tai, ka ‘aere mātou kā tiki.
The hibiscus bast has been retting in the sea, we‘ll go and get it.

4. Ripe and about to suppurate (of a boil).

Kua vā‘i‘ia tōna ‘ē‘ē e te taote i te pē‘anga.
The doctor lanced his boil when it was ripe.

5. Useless, no good.

Kua pē tēnā matīni.
That machine is no good.
(see pēpē1, ‘akapē(pē), tāpēpē, (‘aka)tōpēpē.)
[Pn. *pe‘e.]

paruparu

paruparu, v.i., fq. paru1

1. Weak (not vigorous, stiff, taut, firm, determined, or efficacious), feeble, weary, slack, apathetic.

Kua kau rāi ‘aia ē nō te mamao, kua paruparu.
He swam on, getting weaker because it was so far;

Kua paruparu te ‘onu i tō rātou verovero‘anga ki te ‘āuri.
The turtle weakened as they continued to stab it with their spears;

I te karekare‘anga o te moana, kua paruparu te pātete.
When the sea was rough the passengers felt done in;

Kua paruparu te au niuniu o te ‘āua nō tei pē te au poupou.
The fence wires have got slack because the posts are rotten;

Kāre e pu‘apinga kia piri, ‘e pea paruparu tōku.
It’s no good my staying in (the bidding at poker), I’ve only got a low pair;

Kua ‘akamata tōna manako i te paruparu.
His determination began to weaken;

Kua paruparu tōna manako i te ‘oki ki te ‘anga‘anga nō te meangiti i te tūtaki.
He wasn’t very keen about going back to work because of the meagre pay.

2. Soft, supple, tender.

Kua paruparu tēia ‘āpuka, kua para.
This avocado is soft, it’s ripe now;

Nō te paruparu i te ro‘i, nō reira kua varea ‘aia e te moe.
He dozed off, the bed was so soft;

E kōkai kōrua i te one kia paruparu.
You two fork over the soil until it is soft (and workable);

‘e moa paruparu mānea,
a nice tender chicken;

tē pākiri paruparu ‘ua o te pū rākau ‘ōu,
the tender bark of young trees.
[paru1 RR.]