~tobo3 wave or raise o.'s finger (at s.th., ñe) / use o.'s [...]

Part of Speech verb, oblique transitive
Phonetic Form (i·)toᵐbo
    • wave or raise o.'s finger (at s.th., ñe)
    • use o.'s finger to measure the length (of s.th., ñe); hence measure
    • Sense Comment rare
      • Example 2479:
        Ni-tobo ñe mataruene.
        [lit. I'm poking at the door] I'm measuring the door (using my fingers).
    • indicate, signal (s.th., ñe)
    • Sense Comment fig
      • Example 2480:
        Le-go dapa: pon li-tobo ñi, li-ko pon basavono peini pe li-pei idi.
        They gird themselves: that way, they signal it's a day of rejoicing.
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Related entries

  • Heterosemes:
    • ~tobo1 poke out, break through, in the form of a longish object
    • ~tobo2 press ‹s.th., s.o.› with finger or longish object (stick+); poke ‹s.th., s.o.› / pierce a hole in ‹s.th.› / hook ‹bait› on fish hook
  • See also:
    • ~nabe mark ‹s.th.›, leave a visible mark / indicate the limits of ‹s.th.›, delimit, define; hence give precise instructions / measure ‹s.th.› / betroth ‹s.o.›; engage ‹woman› as s.o.’s future wife