Meaning of taihoa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtʌɪhəʊə/


informal New Zealand
  • A request or instruction to delay or be patient; hold on.

    • ‘I am coming to it, taihoa’
    • ‘Hang on a minute, taihoa, there were troubled waters ahead.’
    • ‘Thieving to the benefit of Labour is OK, but just a bit embarrassing right now, so taihoa, bro.’
    • ‘Hey, taihoa, easily embarrassed people—I'm not going on another diatribe.’
    • ‘To every solicitation, they had only one answer: Taihoa.’
    • ‘With lofty indifference, they said to us with Socratic brevity, "Taihoa."’
    • ‘If you ask him to sell you a mat, a horse, or a greenstone ornament, he has but one reply: Taihoa.’
    • ‘The more you say 'taihoa', the more restless he becomes.’
    • ‘This masterly policy of inactivity, represented by the word 'taihoa', had been played off by the Maoris with wonderful success.’
    • ‘The old priest raised his eyebrows, shot a mocking glance at my friend, and said, "Taihoa."’
    • ‘'Taihoa' is their reply to remonstrance.’


[no object]informal New Zealand
  • Delay or postpone an action.

    • ‘they taihoaed while they tucked into some brunch’
    • ‘twenty boys sat the qualification test, with eight deciding to taihoa a year’
    • ‘I applaud the government for intervening in that scenario and saying it would taihoa on provisional tax.’
    • ‘They have come from every corner of New Zealand to tell us in this Parliament to taihoa.’
    • ‘It is time to taihoa.’
    • ‘They should taihoa on using all that water in our lakes so that we do not have to burn coal.’
    • ‘The minister has been urged to taihoa on negotiations.’
    • ‘Voters are telling him to taihoa.’
    • ‘He has fronted a campaign to taihoa on alcohol consumption.’
    • ‘Just taihoa with the embarrassing stories and we will get on just fine.’
    • ‘Every time you talk about leadership ambitions, you can rest assured there’s a chainsaw behind you cutting you as you speak, so I’ll just taihoa.’
    • ‘A Maori language group says that the minister needs to taihoa on any changes to Maori language agencies.’


Mid 19th century Maori.