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pōrewarewa

1. (verb) to be stupefied, dazed, stunned.

Nā te kakama o Te Purewa ko tāna taiaha i kai tuatahi, hemo kau ana a Tionga. Otiia i pā tonu te taiaha a Tionga ki a Te Purewa, ā, nā te kaha o tōna pana pōrewarewa ana a Te Purewa, hinga ana ki raro (TTR 1990:258). / Because Te Purewa was so quick his taiaha struck home first, instantly killing Tionga. But Tionga's taiaha struck Te Purewa and his blow had enough force to daze Te Purewa and he fell down.

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2. (verb) to be stupid, senseless, dim-witted.

Ehara te ao Māori i te mata kohore, i te pōrewarewa rānei engari ia he atamai, he ihumanea (TTTT 2006:12). / The Māori world is not bleary-eyed or stupid but intelligent and clever.

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3. (adjective) insane, mad, mentally ill, crazy, deranged.

Ko Karaitiana Takamoana kua pāngia e te mate— - tōna mate he pōrangi, he pōrewarewa (TWMNT 21/12/1878:190). / Karaitiana Takamoana is ill - he's mad, he's insane.

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Synonyms: haurangi, pōrangi, pōrewharewha


4. (modifier) stupid, senseless, dim-witted, idiotic.

Kaua e whakarongo ki te kōrero pōrewarewa a tērā heahea. / Don't listen to the senseless drivel of that idiot.

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5. (noun) imbecile, halfwit, fool, moron, simpleton, blockhead, dimwit.

Hira noa atu tēnei hanga, a te pārewarewa, ki ngā wāhi katoa o te ao, e kōrero ana i ana hori, e mahi ana i ana hanga whakaohomauri (KO 14/4/1883:5). / These people, fools, are abundant all over the world, telling their lies and doing their surprising things.

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