tāparuparu, (-a, ‘ia), fq. tāparu.
1. Make something lax, limp, flabby, yielding.
Kua tāparuparu ‘aia i te pate.
He softened up the putty.
2. Break soil up fine.
Kua ma‘ore te pākiri i tōku mangamangā-rima i tōku tāparuparu‘anga i te one nō te mārōki‘aki‘a.
I took the skin off my fingers breaking up the clods of earth, they were so hard.
3. Coax, persuade, mollify.
Kua tāparuparu ‘aia i te tangata kia tā‘okota‘i rātou i te rave‘anga i te ‘anga‘anga.
He talked the people into working together on the job;
Kua ngaro tōna riri i tōku tāparuparu‘anga iāia.
He recovered his temper as I soothed him down;
‘Akaoti i tā‘au tāparuparu iāku.
Stop softening me up.
4. n. A pad, padding.
Kua ‘oko tāparuparu mai au nō te ‘oro‘enua.
I bought a collar pad for the horse.