- Weak, unthrifty, without vigour (of the growth (tupu) of plants). Kua maniua matou i te pu kuru i te ngoengoeaanga te tupu. We manured the breadfruit tree when its growth began to fail; Kua ngoengoea te tupu o teia pu rakau. This tree is going back (growth failing).
- Apathetic, dispirited, slack. E tamaiti ngoengoea a Manu i roto i te tueporo. That boy Manu is very slack on the rugby field; no te ngoengoea ia koe, because of your apathy; Eaa koe i akaraanga ngoengoea ai i teia popongi? What are you looking so miser-able about this morning? [Pn. *„aofe.]
Related to ngoengoea