Filters

Idioms

Phrases

Proverbs

Loan words

Historical loan words

Filters

Idioms

Phrases

Proverbs

Loan words

Historical loan words

kākahu

1. (verb) (-ria,-tia) to put on clothes, dress.

He mano tini ā māua pōtae, kāone, tōkena, wēkete, hōro, aikiha, me ngā kākahu katoa e kākahuria ana e te tāne, e te wāhine, e te tamariki (TW 26/10/1878:539). / We have a great many hats, gowns, stockings, waistcoats, shawls, handkerchiefs and all the clothes worn by men, women and children.

Show example

Hide example


2. (noun) garment, clothes, cloak, apparel, clothing, costume.

(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 33;)

Waiho atu ngā rīpene me ngā kākahu o te Pākehā mō ā te Pākehā kanikani (TP 5/1901:3). / Leave the ribbons and Pākehā clothes for the Pākehā dances.

Show example

Hide example

kākahu kura

1. (noun) cape of red feathers.

Nō te taenga mai ka takoto ngā taonga, te parawai, te kaitaka, te kākahu kura, he nui te taonga, he nui hoki te kaitaka harakeke nei, me ngā patu e rua, kotahi te patu he mere, he akerautangi tētahi, he ōnewa tētahi, ko Oneone te ingoa; ko te Haemata te mere akerautangi rā (JPS 1927:254). / On arrival the gifts were laid out, the fine cloaks of flax fiber and red-feather cloaks, many articles, including many mats and two weapons, one being a wooden mere of akerautangi wood, the other a dark grey stone weapon, the name of which was Oneone, that of the wooden weapon being the Haemata.

Show example

Hide example

kākahu moe

1. (noun) pyjamas.

whata kākahu

1. (noun) wardrobe.

kākahu kaukau

1. (noun) swimming costume, swimming togs.

whakaatu kākahu

1. (noun) fashion show.

Ka taea e ngā rōpū ākonga te whiriwhiri tētahi kaupapa e tū ai tētahi momo ngahau nui tonu mā tō rātou hapori. Hei tauira, ko tētahi pō whakanui i tētahi tikanga Māori, i tētahi āhuatanga Māori rānei, ko tētahi whakaaturanga kapa haka, ko tētahi pō whakaatu kākahu rānei (Ha 1999:80). / Students are able to select a topic that involves holding a type of important entertainment for their community, e.g. a night celebrating a Māori custom or Māori function, a kapa haka performance, or an evening fashion show.

Show example

Hide example

komo kākahu

1. to get dressed, put on clothes.

E tama, me komo kākahu koe. Kei te haere tātou ki te hoko i tētahi perehana mō Māmā. / Son, you had better get dressed. We are going to buy a present for Mum.

Show example

Hide example

kaitui kākahu

1. (noun) tailor, dressmaker, seamstress, garment maker, outfitter.

kaihoahoa kākahu

1. (noun) clothes designer.

I tipu ake he rakahinonga hou – ngā kaihanga kiriata, ngā kaihanga pūmanawa rorohiko, ngā kaikōpiro waipiro, ngā kaitunu kai me ngā kaihoahoa kākahu (Te Ara 2012). / A new breed of Māori entrepreneur developed – film makers, computer software developers, brewers, chefs and clothes designers.

Show example

Hide example

kākahu tauā

1. (noun) mourning clothes.

Te kākahu tauā o ngā tāngata o Tonga he whāriki. Ka mate te tangata ka mau ōna whanaunga i te whāriki, ka rāpakitea ki runga ki a rātou (TP 11/1909:8). / The mourning garment of the people of Tonga is a mat. When the person dies his relatives wear the mat, which is wrapped around the waist down to the knees.

Show example

Hide example

kākahu haehae

1. (noun) ambush, feigned retreat - a war party pretends to flee to deceive the enemy and on a given signal the fleeing fighters turn and attack the pursuing enemy.

Ahakoa ngā tohutohu a Te Wherowhero, ka kōkiringia te kākahu haehae a Ngāti Toa me ōna karanga maha (TTR 1990:341). / Despite Te Wherowhero's orders, it charged a feigned retreat of Ngāti Toa and its allies.

Show example

Hide example

See also manukāwhaki

toa hoko kākahu

1. (noun) clothing shop.

rūma horoi kākahu

1. (noun) laundry.

whare horoi kākahu

1. (noun) laundry, laundromat.

Ka pīkaua a Pēpē ki taku tuarā, ka haere a Takerei ki te whare horoi kākahu ki te tiki kānara me te pātara hei rama mō mātou (TWK 22:12). / Baby was carried on my back and Takerei went to the laundry to fetch candles and the bottle as a torch for us.

Show example

Hide example

pūrere horoi kākahu

1. (noun) washing machine.

mīhini whakamaroke kākahu

1. (loan) (noun) clothes dryer.

kākahu pai rawa atu

1. (noun) best clothes, Groppi mocker.

The App

Te Aka Māori Dictionary is also available as an iOS and Android app. Download below.

iOS Android

The Book

Te Aka Māori-English, English-Māori Dictionary and Index by John C Moorfield comprises a selection of modern and everyday language that will be extremely useful for learners of the Māori language.

More info

He Pātaka Kupu

Te kai a te rangatira

He Pātaka Kupu is a monolingual Māori language dictionary, and was designed using its own culturally authentic terms.

Visit website

00:00