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kōhumuhumu

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

Ko te nuinga o ngā take kāore ano i puta ki waho, engari tērā kei te rongo kōhumuhumu te ao (TP 11/1909:2). / Most of the matters have not yet been publicised, but the world is hearing whispers of those.

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See also kōhimuhimu

Synonyms: kohimu, ngau tuarā, kōhimuhimu, muhari


2. (noun) whisper, gossip, rumour.

Ka hurihuri haere te kōhumuhumu he mahi tautāwhi kē tā Rua kia wikitōria ai ngā iwi o Tiamani; ka tae aua kōrero pōhēhē nei ki te kāwanatanga (TTR 1996:180). / Rumours were circulating that Rua was actively working for a German victory; and those speculations reached the government.

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