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[wah-hee-nee, -ney]
noun, plural wa·hi·ne.
  1. (in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman.
  2. Slang. a young woman surfer.
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Also vahine.

Origin of wahine

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for wahine

Historical Examples

  • He inquired for the wahine haole (foreign woman), and presented his bit of wood, saying that he would sell it for a dollar.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880


British Dictionary definitions for wahine


  1. (esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife
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Word Origin

C19: from Māori and Hawaiian
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