1. (verb) (-hia,-tia) to be beside oneself, in a daze, infatuated, foolish, suffering from mental illness, demented, deranged, unbalanced, unhinged, crazy.
Ko Hongi i wairangitia i te kaha o tōna ngākau pōuri (TTR 1990:20). / Hongi he was unbalanced because he was so depressed.
See also porowairangi
2. (modifier) foolish, irrational.
Me whakaaro nui, me tūpato hoki, kei pēhia te tika e te whakaaro o te hunga pōauau, kei raru te whenua katoa i te turekore, i te hē, i runga i te mahi wairangi a ētahi tāngata whakaaro pōhēhē (MM.TKM 14/7/1860:12). / Take heed that the councils of the foolish do not prevail, and that the whole country is not thrown into anarchy and confusion by the folly of a few misguided men.
3. (noun) demon, monster.
Kātahi ka kotia taua ika; kei roto e takoto ana te wahine me te tamaiti kei runga i tōna tuarā, me ngā tāne me ngā wāhine, kei roto i te puku o taua wairangi e pūkei ana (JPS 1894:100). / Then the fish was cut up; lying inside him was a woman with her child on her back, and men, and women, all heaped together in the stomach of that demon.