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kōhimuhimu

1. (verb) (-tia) to whisper, gossip, backbite, defame, denigrate.

I te mutunga o te karakia, i te whakaminenga e haere ana ki waho, ka kōhimuhimu atu ahau ki roto i ō rātou taringa (HKW 1/12/1898:6). / At the end of the church service when the congregation was going outside, I whispered in their ears.

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See also kōhumuhumu, kōmuhumuhu

Synonyms: kohimu, ngau tuarā, kōhumuhumu, muhari


2. (noun) whisper, gossip, rumour.

Kāti, i te tau 1863, i te noho anipā a ngā Pākehā i roto i tērā takiwā o Te Matau-a-Māui ki ngā kōhimuhimu kei te tino pakari haere te Kīngitanga; nā Whaanga i whakamahea tō rātau mānukanuka (TTR 1990:392). / Well, in 1863 when the Pākehā in the Hawke's Bay district were alarmed at the rumours that the King Movement was strengthening, Whaanga allayed their fears.

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