1. (noun) colloquialism, colloquial saying, slang, idiom.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 43;)
Ko te wawata, ko te uaratanga nui kia puta i tēnei tau tētahi kohikohinga kīwaha, kīrehu, arā ngā āhuatanga reo kua kaha nei te ngaro i waenga i te nuinga o ngā iwi (HM 4/1997:4). / The hope and the great desire is that a collection of colloquialisms and idioms, that is the aspects of the language that have long been missing amongst most of the tribes, will appear this year.
Ahakoa kāore i matatau rawa ia ki te kōrero Māori ā-kīwaha, i tua atu i te reo ā-tuhi, i kaha pū tonu a Pat ki te whakaū i te reo ā-waha, me ngā tikanga Māori anō hoki (TTR 2000:81). / Although she was not very fluent in colloquial Māori, Pat placed strong emphasis on the spoken as well as the written language and on cultural practices.