hatwok

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English hard work.

Verb[edit]

hatwok

  1. To work hard; to do labor; to struggle
    • 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Genesis 3:19 (translation here):
      Na bai yu wok hat tru long kisim kaikai bilong yu na tuhat bai i kamap long pes bilong yu. Na bai yu hatwok oltaim inap yu dai na yu go bek long graun. Long wanem, mi bin wokim yu long graun, na bai yu go bek gen long graun.”

Usage notes[edit]

Although wok hat is theoretically equivalent, it is usually only used when hat is being modified, as in the first sentence in the citation above, where tru (very) modifies hat.

Noun[edit]

hatwok

  1. difficulty
    • 1980, Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Nupela Testamen na ol Sam Tok bilong Ritim Pastaim
      Sampela taim i gat tupela o tripela ves long tok Grik, tasol i gat hatwok long brukim dispela tok long tupela o tripela ves long tok Pisin.
      Sometimes there are two or three verses in Greek, but it is difficult to break these words into two or three verses in Tok Pisin.
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