va‘ine

va‘ine, (pl. vā‘ine). Woman, wife, female.

‘Ea‘a tērā va‘ine i auē ei?
What is that woman crying for?;

E ‘apinga tika ai tērā tamā‘ine i te kite i te ‘anga‘anga va‘ine.
That girl is amazingly clever at women’s work;

Ko te va‘ine tērā a Poko.
That’s Poko’s wife;

Kua ‘akaipoipo va‘ine ‘aia.
He got married;

Kua ‘akatūtū va‘ine te tangata.
The man got himself up like a woman. Va‘ine taka‘ua, spinster, widow. Va‘ine tini, women (e.g. in the village), the group of women, women’s organisation.
[Pn. *fafine.]

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