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kau Play

1. (particle) alone, by oneself, solitarily, bare, empty, naked, without hindrance, unreservedly, to no purpose, purely and simply, solely, exclusively, only, merely, just, idle, inactive, for no particular reason, in vain, to no avail, helplessly, none at all, very, seriously, totally - a manner particle indicating the absence of other factors. Where kau follows a verb in the passive it will take a passive ending also, usually -tia. In this situation the passive ending may be dropped from the verb, but not from kau. As with other manner particles in Māori, while having a general overall meaning, kau can be translated in a variety of ways, depending on the context.

Rapu kau ana a Tāwhiri-mātea, kua hunaia e Papa-tū-ā-nuku ana tamariki. / Tāwhiri-mātea searched everywhere, but Papa-tū-ā-nuku had hidden her children.
Ka whaowhia te kūmara ki roto, kī tonu, kore rawa he wāhi i āputa, arā i takoto kau noa iho, kī tonu (JPS 1926:95). / The kūmara were put in it, and filled it up, there was no open space remaining, that is it was absolutely full.
(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 91-92;)


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2. (particle) as soon as, no sooner had - a slight variation from the general meaning above where kau is used to indicate immediacy.

Utua kautia te moni tuatahi ki a Te Teira me tōna iwi, tukuna atu ana e te kāwanatanga ngā kairūri (TTR 1990:291). / As soon as the first payment was made to Te Teira and his people, the government sent in the surveyors.


kau Play

1. (verb) (-ria) to swim, swim across.

Ko Hinemoa, nāna i kau te roto o Rotorua (NM 1928:138). / Hinemoa, who swam across Lake Rotorua.


2. (verb) (-ria) to swim, wade.

Ka whakautu atu au, 'E Rihi, kāore au e mōhio ki te kau.' (HP 1991:20). / I replied, 'Rihi, I don't know how to swim.'


kau Play

1. (loan) (noun) cow.

E waru tekau ana kau e whakatētē ā-ringa ana rātou. / He had eighty cows they were milking by hand.


kau takawhitiwhiti Play

1. (verb) to swim a medley.


2. (noun) medley (swimming).


kāhore kau Play

1. (negative) none at all, never.

Kāhore kau ia i whakapae mahi kino, kāhore hoki ia i waiho noa i te hunga i raro i tōna maru (TTR 1990:327). / He was never accused of evil deeds, nor did he abandon the people under his protection.


kau aihe Play

1. (noun) butterfly stroke (swimming).


kau āpuru Play

1. (noun) breaststroke.


kau kiore Play

1. (noun) backstroke.


Synonyms: kau tīraha, kauhoe tīraha


kau tāhoe Play

1. (noun) sidestroke (swimming).


kau tāwhai Play

1. (verb) to swim freestyle.


2. (noun) freestyle (swimming).


kau tāwhitiwhiti Play

1. (verb) to swim a medley.


2. (noun) medley (swimming).


kau tīraha Play

1. (verb) to swim backstroke.


2. (noun) backstroke.


Synonyms: kau kiore, kauhoe tīraha


mīti kau Play

1. (loan) (noun) beef.

See also pīwhi


kāore kau Play

1. (negative) no, nothing, nil - also used to agree with a negative sentence.

Ka tae mai te rongo ki a mātou mō taua purei, Aotearoa tekau mā iwa, ō Ahitereiria, kāore kau. / The news reached us about that match, New Zealand 19, Australia, nil.
(Te Kākano Textbook (Ed. 2): 15, 56, 75-76, 83-84, 109-110;)

See also kārekau, kāore, karekau


whāma kau Play

1. (loan) (noun) dairy farm.

He whāma kau tā tēnei rangatira Pākehā (HP 1991:22). / This important Pākehā had a dairy farm.


ngutu kau Play

1. (modifier) hypocritical, two-faced.

Ka unga ia e ahau ki te iwi ngutu kau (PT Ihaia 10:6). / I will send him against an hypocritical nation.

See also noho ngutu kau


2. (noun) mere talk, just talk, empty promise, one who makes an empty promise.

Nā, mō te taha ki a Tā Hōri Kerei. Kua maha noa ngā mea pai i kīia e ia kia tukua ki ngā Māori, engari kāore anō i mana noa tētahi o ana kupu, arā tētahi o ngā mea i whakaae ai ia; nō konei ko ngā Māori i āhua whakapono ki a ia i mua ai kua mōhio ināianei he ngutu kau āna kōrero, kāore he tinanatanga, he wairua kau (TWMNT 25/1/1879:257). / With regard to Sir George Grey, he has said many good things would be given to the Māori but not one of his promises have been fulfilled; even the Māori who were inclined to believe him, now know that his words are mere talk, nothing tangible can be expected.


roa kau Play

1. before very long, after a time, not long after, it wasn't long before.

Ā, muri iho i te whawhaitanga a Rua mā rā, ka noho nei a Tama rātou ko ōna hoa i Maketū, me ngā tamariki. Roa kau, ka marara haere (JPS 1985:134). / After the battle of Rua and his party, Tama and his companions stayed at Maketū with the children. Before very long they scattered.

See also roa kau iho, roa kau ake


hore kau Play

1. (negative) not, never.

He whakaaro nō te kāwanatanga i te āhua kaha hē o aua whenua hei mahi pāmu, hore kau i whakaaetia (TTR 1998:136). / The government considered those lands as unsuitable for farming, so the offer was declined.


kiri kau Play

1. (modifier) naked, nude.

Ka kī ngā puku, ka hoki anō ki te kaukau, engari ka tauwhāinga ko wai rā e rere wawe ki te kōpua. I te kaha o te oma, o te tauwhāinga, kāhore anō kia tata ki te wai, ka tīmata te ruke i ngā kākahu, ka whārona te kākahu, tae rawa atu ki te wai kua tū kiri kau (TTT 1/7/1928:815). / When their stomachs were full they returned to have another swim, but they competed as to who would run to the the pool the first. Because they ran and competed so energetically, before they had reached the water they had begun throwing off their clothes, leaving them in heaps, and by the time they reached the water they were naked.


2. (noun) nakedness, nudity, undress.

Ka haere me te tokotoko, ko te kiri kau anake, kāore he kahu (JPS 1914:137). / He went off with the spear, quite naked, with no clothing.


waha kau Play

1. (noun) unreliable talk, rumour, empty talk.

E kōrerotia ana kai te hiahia a Waikato kia whakamātau ki te tango mai i ōna whenua kua riro i te Pākehā. Otirā he waha kau ia, he kōrero noa iho (TWM 14/6/1866:100). / It is being said that Waikato want to try to take back its lands that the Pākehā have obtained, but it's only rumour, just talk.


2. (noun) unreliable person - a person who does not keep their word.

Kāore noa anō kia tae mai tana reta e whakaū ana i tāna i kī ai - he waha kau pea (HJ 2015:39). / Her letter has in fact not yet arrived confirming what she said - perhaps she's an unreliable person.


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