Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day
prettygoodword
1word1day

wahine

wahine (wah-HEE-nee, wah-HEE-nay) - n., (Pacific islands) a woman, esp. a young woman; (sports) a female surfer.


In most of the Polynesian languages, stretching from Māori in the southwest and Hawai'ian in the northeast, wahine means woman -- depending on the language, this can include the connotations of a wife or girlfriend. In this sense, its first known use in English is from 1773 (I'm guessing in Cook's accounts of his voyages, but I haven't confirmed this), and was especially used in narratives about white sailors in the South Seas. The second sense arose specifically in Hawai'i during the 20th revival of surfing, and spread with the culture when it went worldwide.

My old lady is a wahine, always up with the sun to catch some waves.

---L.
Tags: hawaiian, noun, w
Subscribe

  • Sunday Word: Saltings

    saltings [ sawlt-ings] noun: (British English) areas of low ground regularly inundated with salt water, often taken to include their…

  • Sunday Word: Cerulean

    cerulean [s uh- roo-lee- uhn] adjective: resembling the blue of the sky; a shade of blue ranging between azure and a darker sky blue…

  • Tuesday word: Proficient

    Thursday, June 6, 2013 Proficient (adjective, noun) pro·fi·cient [pruh-fish-uhnt] adjective 1. well-advanced or competent in any art, science,…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 2 comments