whiri

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Maori[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *firi (compare Hawaiian hili), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *piliN (compare Malay pilin).

Verb[edit]

whiri

  1. to twist
  2. to weave
    Ko ngā turu o aua taonga he mea uhi ki te kākahu pūtiotio, he mea whiri.
    The chairs of that furniture were covered in rough woven cloth.
  3. to spin

Etymology 2[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *fili (compare Tongan fili), from Proto-Oceanic, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *piliq (compare Malay pilih, Tagalog pili), from Proto-Austronesian *piliq.

Verb[edit]

whiri (usually reduplicated as whiriwhiri)

  1. to choose, to select, to elect
    Tenei te oha atu nei ki a koe nga tamariki a tou teina whiriwhiri.
    The children of your elect sister greet you.
  2. to pick
  3. to decide
    Kua roa kē māua e whakatakoto mahere ana, e whiriwhiri ana mō āhea rā māua toro atu ai i a koe.
    He and I had been planning and deciding for a long time when we would visit you.