Entries from Churchward 1959 in Pollex-Online

Churchward, C. M. (1959). Tongan Dictionary. London, Oxford University Press.

Language Item Description
Tongan Liifio Kind of large brown moth
Tongan Maalie Well done! (Eng-Ton)
Tongan Fafao To stretch oneself out (e.g. on the beach)
Tongan ʔO/ʔao/ʔi-ngutu The roof of the mouth
Tongan (Ene)ene To be on the point of doing something but to refrain from actually doing it
Tongan Faka/ene/ene To deal with in a hesitating way, not acting firmly lest some harm or damage might be done thereby
Tongan Haʔo/fia To surround or sit round
Tongan Moko/hula Earwig
Tongan Moko/moko/tuʔaniu Mantis
Tongan Moko/tola Shellfish sp.
Tongan Moko/hunu Sea-slug sp.
Tongan Lea/ʔi To speak to by way of reproof, admonition, encouragement or exhortation
Tongan Lau/ʔi Talk or gossip about (esp. in derogatory or critical way), say things about
Tongan ʔOla Gnaw, scrape off with teeth
Tongan Tina/amanu Breeding animal
Tongan Ao/faki Comprehensive, all-inclusive... Uncertain Semantic Connection
Tongan Lalo/kia Front of neck, throat (exterior)
Tongan Tau Green leaves...for covering food in a native oven
Tongan Lisi To throw or throw at with force (obj. stone or dog etc.)
Tongan Mangamanga Having several or many forks or branches; branching or forking in various directions
Tongan Leelea Talking a lot, talkative... Problematic
Tongan Fingo To frown
Tongan Ma/hala Slit forcefully, ripped
Tongan Toka Cross-pieces laid on long longitudinal beams in house Borrowed
Tongan Na/ua Very big wave Borrowed
Tongan Paa/pani To maraud, pillage, plunder, forage
Tongan Fahu (Man's) sister's son or grandson
Tongan Mahaia To be left stranded by the outgoing tide (e.g. fish or dolphin); to be no longer floating, to run aground (of a boat or canoe approaching the shore)
Tongan Kelekelea Dirty (with earth, soil, mud)
Tongan Kuukuu To coo (of the kulukulu)
Tongan Mate-nguunguu To be tired out and moaning or groaning with exhaustion; also said of one's hand or arm when stiff or insensate after being lain on or anaesthetized
Tongan Tuʔukehe To stand apart or on one's own; to take a different view...
Tongan Heʔe- Possessive (dominant) prefix with pronouns
Tongan Hui tuʔa Backbone