tao1

tao1, (-a, ‘ia, -nā).

1. Swear at, curse.

‘Ea‘a koe i tao ei iāia?
What did you swear at him for?;

Kua taona ‘aia nō te mārō.
He was cursed for being so obstinate;

‘E tangata tao putuputu‘ia au e tō mātou pū.
I was always getting sworn at by our boss;

Puaka taona!
Damned fool!

2. An oath, swearword.

Kāre tēnā i te tao kino, mē ‘ea‘a ‘aia i riri ei.
That’s not a very bad swearword, so why did he get so angry?
(cf. tao2.)

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