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piropiro Play

1. (modifier) absolutely - follows āio as an intensifier.

Ka tae ana rāua ki te tautara, ka titiro iho ki te roto me te āio piropiro o te wai. / When they reached the summit they looked down at the lake with its perfectly calm water.


Synonyms: ehara ehara, , anō, moruka, te mutunga (kē) mai (nei) o te ..., mārika, tahi, mōrukaruka, mārire, pohapoha, puru, hāwerewere, rukaruka, mārie


2. (noun) intestines, bowels, guts, entrails.

E noho ana ngā ngārara o te mate nei i roto i ngā piropiro (TPH 15/10/1902:1). / The bacteria of this disease inhabit the intestines.


3. (noun) mood, feeling, disposition - usually in the plural.

I poto noa iho tana moe, koinā e kino nā ngā piropiro (PK 2008:643). / She only had a short sleep and that's why she's in a bad mood.
Kua pai anō ngā piropiro i te waeatanga mai o tana whaiāipo (PK 2008:643). / She's in a good mood again because her sweetheart has phoned.


4. (noun) South Island tomtit, Petroica macrocephala - a little black-and-white bird with a large head and a short tail living in forest and scrub. The South Island tomtit has a yellowish breast.


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