va‘a2, n. Mouth, entrance, spout, muzzle, barrel (of gun).
Kua kī tōna va‘a i te kai.
His mouth is full of food;
Te va‘a o te ava,
the entrance to the reef channel;
Kua repo te va‘a o te tīkata.
The kettle has a dirty spout;
Tē ‘ōrei va‘a pupu‘i nei au.
I‘m cleaning a gun-barrel; Pupu‘i va‘a rua, double-barrelled gun. Va‘a ma‘ata, to speak loudly, (be) loud-mouthed.
‘Auraka koe e va‘a ma‘ata ka rongoa mai tāua.
Don’t speak loudly or we‘ll be heard;
‘E tangata va‘a ma‘ata tika ai koe.You have got a loud mouth. Va‘a mata, to speak out openly (in front of everybody). ‘Ea‘a koe i va‘a mata ‘ua mai ei kiāku?
Why did you speak to me right out in front of everybody? Va‘a reka, pleasantly spoken, entertaining to listen to, smooth-tongued.
Kua vare mātou iāia nō te mea ‘e tangata va‘a reka ‘aia.
We were fooled by him because he is a sweet talker. Va‘a tuatua, spokesman, mouth-piece;
Ko ia te va‘a tuatua.
He is the spokesman. Va‘a tū katau, naturally eloquent, gifted as a speaker.
‘E tangata va‘a tū katau ‘aia.
He is a gifted speaker. Va‘a ‘ua, coming from the mouth only (not sincere or heartfelt).
‘E reka va‘a ‘ua tōna.
He only said he was pleased (he didn’t feel it). Va‘a va‘ine, gossipy, as an old woman (said of men).