1. v.i. Hanging down, dangling, drooping, sagging, depressed, lolling.
Kia roko‘ia atu ‘aia, tē tautau ‘uā ra, kua tāviriviri tōna rauru ki runga i te ‘ātava rākau.
When they reached him, he was hanging dangling with his hair caught in the branch;
Kua tautau ‘aere ‘ua te pūtē o tōna piripou ki va‘o.
His trouser pockets were hanging out;
Kua tautau tō piripou, rurua ki te kiri.
Your trousers are coming down, put a belt round them;
‘E mānga tautau rāi tēnā tua, tākina ake ki runga.
That end is a bit low (sagging), lift it up;
Kua tautau tōna arero.
His tongue lolled out;
‘E ngā‘i tautau ē te varivari tei reira.
It’s very low-lying there and muddy. Mōrī tautau, hanging lamp, chandelier. Tautau ā kete, lose heart.
‘Auraka e tautau ā kete te manako.
Don’t lose heart.
2. n. A depression or dip in the ground.
E ‘eke mārie ki raro i te tautau, ‘e pateka.
Get down into the dip carefully, it’s slippery.