Entries from Sperlich 1997 in Pollex-Online

Sperlich, Wolfgang B., ed. (1997) Tohi Vagahau Niue/ Niue Language Dictionary. Government of Niue in association with Department of LInguistics, University of Hawai'i, Honolulu

Language Item Description
Niue Tike Protrude, stick out (of teeth)
Niue Timo, temu Game of knucklebones
Niue Tititai Coastal creeping plant (Triumfetta procumbens) Problematic
Niue Tofa/tofa To bless; to give instructions or guidance as to behaviour Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Tofia The sea (implies a healthy respect for the sea) Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Togi To replant, replace (shoots that do not grow)
Niue Toho/toho To attempt rape
Niue Toi/a Stained
Niue Tokaala Uterus
Niue Tolitoliuli Fish sp. (small black fish, attached to bigger fish, poss. cleaner wrasse)
Niue Tolo Move; assemble, come together (of people); young lice Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Tolo/tolofi To get together, assemble [of people] Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Toti To prick or stab something lightly
Niue Toti/toti To tiptoe quickly
Niue To/tonu Gentle, kind Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Tua/haa Suspicious Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Tui To substitute, [replace] Phonologically Irregular
Niue Tuke Thorax of a crab
Niue Tuli/hui Knee Problematic
Niue Tuli/a To be unwanted, rejected (by the opposite sex)
Niue Tulu/i To treat (usually medical); to teach a lesson, put a stop to something
Niue Tuma To move slowly [ex. ship]
Niue Tu/moulu, tu/maulu To be secretly infatuated
Niue Tumu Cavity in rocks, trees etc. where water collects
Niue Tuoo Shovel; to scoop, to shovel Phonologically Irregular
Niue Tupe/tupe To stumble, stagger; to be concerned Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Tuutala Talk to each other, converse, chat Problematic
Niue Uga/mea A land-dwelling hermit crab
Niue Ulaula Spiked prawn (Saron marmoratus) Problematic
Niue (U)uma Pick [out,up] with thumb and index finger; pinch (to kill small land-crab) Problematic
Niue Vaga/vaga Temple, flat space between forehead and ear Phonologically Irregular
Niue V/aha Fin of a fish [exx. of tuna spp.] Phonologically Irregular
Niue Vaiga To joke, to tease
Niue Faka/vai To trick, to play a practical joke; to lie, to tell a lie. Betray, deceive... (McE).
Niue (Va)vanu Endless depth, bottomless pit
Niue Va/vai Spongy, rubbery (of taro)
Niue Va/valo To moan, complain
Niue Vene To tickle or touch lightly (so as to get someone's attention); to itch, irritate, be rough (of throat); small kalahimu crab Phonologically Irregular
Niue Venu Plant fibre, small fibrous piece of anything Problematic
Niue Veo Brass Problematic
Niue Veu(veu) To search thoroughly, to open something up. Uncover (McE). Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Fakahele To love, to care for; loved one
Niue Vihia-tia To be hated, disliked Phonologically Irregular
Niue Vili To vote, to cast lots; to elect to make a special visit
Niue Vilo Gimlet, drill; to drill, to turn; to turn on [ex. tap]; pinch, twist Phonologically Irregular
Niue Faka/feilo To agree on a peaceful settlement, to reconcile
Niue Feiloaaki To know each other
Niue Fakahaga To hold a baby in a position to urinate or defecate
Niue Fakahaa/haa To hint [give a hint]
Niue Faka/kanopogi To mourn, to fast... To mope, pine (McE).