- (in Hawaii and Polynesia) a girl or young woman.
- Slang. a young woman surfer.
Origin of wahine
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45
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Historical Examples of wahine
He inquired for the wahine haole (foreign woman), and presented his bit of wood, saying that he would sell it for a dollar.
- (esp in the Pacific islands) a Polynesian or Māori woman, esp a girlfriend or wife
Word Origin for wahine
C19: from Māori and Hawaiian