Entries from McEwen 1970 in Pollex-Online

McEwen, J. M. (1970). Niue Dictionary. Wellington, Department of Maori and Island Affairs.

Language Item Description
Niue Makau/kau Desire earnestly, try hard Problematic
Niue Mokulu Fall (as ripe fruit); fall in morsels; fall out, down
Niue Maalili Tree sp. (Elattostachys falcata). (Terminalia richii) (Sph).
Niue Maliu To change (as one's ature or attitude); to turn towards the speaker
Niue Maloaa Unwillingly, reluctantly. Weak, unwilling to work (Lws).
Niue Moluu(luu) Soft, weak; loose, to loosen
Niue Mamata Look at, watch in admiration. To watch, to regard (Sph)
Niue Mana Shower of light rain (a good omen) Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Mania Ache, toothache, twinge of pain; bitter.
Niue Manu-mea Band of dove or parakeet feathers
Niue Maopo Crushed, as a tin etc. Out of shape (Sph).
Niue Maopo/opo To complete, round off, tidy
Niue Maota, moota Tree (Dysoxylum richii)
Niue Mahanga Forked (of a road)
Niue Mahalo Assume, imagine. Accept, agree (Sph).
Niue Mahalo/halo Doubt; resolve in the mind. Accept; doubt (Sph).
Niue Matakainaanga A man's brother, a woman's sister Problematic
Niue Matakite Keen-eyed, sharp-eyed
Niue Mataala Be on watch, vigilant Phonologically Irregular
Niue Mokulu mataali Fall off unripe (fruit, coconuts)
Niue Matalima Finger
Niue Matamua Leading person in front of a battle, a dance team
Niue Matofi/ua Split in two
Niue Motofu. Mootofu (Sph). A weed (Sida rhombifolia); a plant (Stachytarpheta indica). (Sida acuta) (Sph).
Niue Mea/mea To redden (of the sky)
Niue Mea/mea Gums
Niue Mea A term of endearment, darling Borrowed
Niue Melo/melo Orange-coloured
Niue Mili Rub with the palm of the hand. To rub; to mingle, to crowd (Sph).
Niue Milo/(h)i Turning about, restless at night. To fidget (Sph)
Niue Miti Suck; absorb. Extract coconut cream... (Sph).
Niue Mohe-miti Day-dreaming
Niue Moka Fair (in colouring); a term of endearment. Darling, dear (term of endearment for girl or wife) (Sph).
Niue Moke/moke Bare, completely lacking Problematic
Niue Faka/moko/i Generosity, liberal, generous
Niue Moko/mia Affected by cold
Niue Moi/ofa Offering to the dead, placed on a tomb or given to the bereaved family
Niue Motu-hia Cut off, terminated, stopped . Stop producing (of fruit trees, etc)
Niue Muli To follow. Last measure of something (Sph). Problematic
Niue Mulu Rub, massage; take off a cover or sheath
Niue Mulu To be puzzled over a task ; to fiddle, to take too long (of work)
Niue Muna Bald Problematic
Niue Mutu/mutu Cut in pieces
Niue Nane Boiled arrowroot and coconut pudding Problematic
Niue Na/naoo Thrust hand into hole
Niue Na/naao Commence to pull something out of a hole
Niue O/momi A sponge Uncertain Semantic Connection
Niue Nini Shimmering heat, vapor rising on a sunny day
Niue Nono Small beetle
Niue Nuka A bud. To bud, to grow new leaves (Sph).