tāvini

tāvini, n.

1. A servant.

Ko tōku tāvini va‘ine tērā.
That’s my maidservant;

‘E ‘anga‘anga tāvini tāna.
She works as a domestic servant. Tāvini o‘u‘ia, a hired servant. Tāvini tuika‘a, an unpaid helper.

Ko te tū ia o te tāvini tuika‘a, kāreka te tāvini o‘u‘ia tē matakū ra i tōna pū.
That’s the way of the

tāvini tuika‘a,
but the hired man is always afraid of his master.

2. Serve.

Kua tāvini ‘aia ki raro i te ariki ē peke ‘ua atu tāna utunga.
He had to serve under the king until he had worked off his sentence;

‘Ī rua mata‘iti i tōku tāvini‘anga nōna ma te moni kore.
Two years I served him without any wages.
[Eng. servant.]

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