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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Maori and Hawaiian wahine (woman), from Proto-Polynesian *fafine.

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NounEdit

wahine (plural wahines)

  1. A Polynesian or Maori woman.
    • 2005, Thomas Lisanti, Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies: The First Wave, 1959–1969, McFarland & Company, page 224,
      One Way Wahine was the next beach movie, after Ride the Wild Surf, to be filmed on the sands of Hawaii. It was marketed to the teenage audience as a beach movie but it is a more serious look at the seamy side of Hawaii and the surf bums and one way wahines who go there to make a quick buck.
    • 2007, Michael A. Herr, The Old Queen's Treasure, Lulu.com, page 106,
      The photographs showed a very plain-looking, very young wahine.
    • 2007, Kay L. McDonald, Heart in Custody, iUniverse, page 40,
      Cowboy applauded his pupils and turned to the audience. “Give these two wahines a round, folks. They've been good sports.”
  2. (surfing) A female surfer.

BunamaEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *fafine. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

NounEdit

wahine

  1. woman

Further readingEdit

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)

DuauEdit

EtymologyEdit

Ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *fafine. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

NounEdit

wahine

  1. woman

Further readingEdit

  • Malcolm Ross, Proto Oceanic and the Austronesian Languages of Western Melanesia, Pacific Linguistics, series C-98 (1988)

HawaiianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *fafine.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /vaˈhi.ne/, [ʋəˈhine]

NounEdit

wahine (irregular plural wāhine)

  1. woman, female
  2. (by extension) wife

DescendantsEdit

  • English: wahine (with Maori wahine)

MaoriEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *fafine.

NounEdit

wahine (irregular plural wāhine)

  1. woman

DescendantsEdit