wahine

[wah-hee-nee, -ney]
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noun, plural wa·hi·ne.

(in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman.
Slang. a young woman surfer.

Nearby words

  1. wahabi,
  2. wahabite,
  3. wahhabi,
  4. wahhabism,
  5. wahiawa,
  6. wahoo,
  7. wahpekute,
  8. wahpeton,
  9. wai,
  10. waianae mountains

Also vahine.

Origin of wahine

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45

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British Dictionary definitions for wahine

wahine

noun

(esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife

Word Origin for wahine

C19: from Māori and Hawaiian

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