[ wah-hee-nee, -ney ]
/ wɑˈhi ni, -neɪ /
noun, plural wa·hi·ne.
(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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Examples from the Web for wahine
He inquired for the wahine haole (foreign woman), and presented his bit of wood, saying that he would sell it for a dollar.
British Dictionary definitions for wahine
/ (wɑːˈhiːnɪ) /
(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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