tuatua

tuatua, 1. (-‘ia). Talk, say, speak, converse.

Tē tuatuā ra rāua nō runga iā Mina.
They were talking about Mina;

Kua tuatua‘ia ē nāna i keiā i taua toā ra.
They say it was he that robbed the shop;

Kua tuatua te tangata iāia nō te kōpāpā i tāna varāoa.
People complained about him because of the thinness of his loaves.

2. A word, words, text, talk, a message, doctrine, news, anything spoken.

‘E tuatua ta‘ito tēnā i tō mātou ‘enua.
That is an old saying in our country. Tuatua a‘i, a flashed message. Tuatua ‘akakite, notice, piece of information. Tuatua ‘ōu, latest news.

I rongo ana koe i te tuatua ‘ōu?
Have you heard (or read) the latest news?;

‘Ea‘a te tuatua ‘ōu?
What’s the news?; Tuatua muna, a secret. Tuatua pikika‘a, lie, false piece of news.

‘E tangata ma‘ani tuatua pikika‘a koe.
You are always making up false stories. Tuatua tā‘eke, rumour.

‘E tuatua tā‘eke ‘ua te reira.
It’s only a rumour. Tuatua Tapu, the Holy Word, Bible.

Kua ‘oko tuatua tapu ‘aia.
He bought a Bible. Tuatua ‘ua, just talk, mere talk. Tangata tuatua raurau, chatterbox.

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