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 Opposites in Tahitian – Vocabulary of opposites in Tahitian

In this lesson, we will learn the vocabulary of opposites in Tahitian with nouns, adjectives and verbs by adding their opposite word, their antonym, to each.

The vocabulary of opposites in Tahitian

If you have been wondering how to say:

  • start and end in Tahitian
  • open and close in Tahitian
  • the beginning and the end in Tahitian…

This lesson will help you enlighten and help you acquire new vocabulary.

We will see successively nouns, then adjectives, and then verbs with their opposite for each word.

Do you remember back in school the lessons where we learned:

  • synonyms: words with similar meanings
  • antonyms: words with opposite meanings

We will do the same thing, in Tahitian this time.

Let’s learn to say antonym and synonym in Tahitian

Let’s start with the beginning:

Tahitian English
Te taa ê roa raa The opposite, the antonym
Te hōê ā huru The similitude, the synonym

Here are more details on the construction of these words.

Tahitian English
Taa To be separate, distinct, to be understood
Taa ê To differ, different
Te taa ê raa The difference
Taa ê roa Inverted, opposite
Te taa ê roa raa The reverse, the opposite, the antonym
Te huru The gender, the condition, the ownership, the quality, the appearance, the kind
Hōê ā huru Similar, Identical
Te hōê ā huru The similitude, the synonym

We already know Hōê ā huru with the lesson:  Comparison in Tahitian – E mea … a’e … i/ia … – Hōê ā … e – Mai te …

Indeed, we learned previously that words could be created by affixing a prefix or suffix via the lesson:  Prefixes and suffixes in Tahitian – Faa, Haa, Raa, Hia – Tei hea

Noun antonyms

Let’s start with the opposite nouns, also with a few verbs to better understand the formation of nouns.

English Tahitian English Tahitian
Finished Oti, hōpe
To start (the act of starting) Haamata To finish Faaoti
Start (the fact of being placed in front) ‘Omua To finish (until the end) Faahōpe
The beginning Te haamataraa, te ‘omuaraa The end Te faaotiraa, te faahōpe’a
To wrap in a bag, to cover Pū’ohu
The introduction Te ‘omuaraa The conclusion Te pū’ohuraa
The first Te… mātāmua The last Te… faahōpe’a
The day Te mahana The night Te pō
The work Te ‘ohipa The resting Te faaearaa ‘ohipa
The week Te hepetoma The weekend Te hōpe’a hepetoma

Opposite adjectives in Tahitian

In this second chapter, we will see the adjectives and for each its opposite in Tahitian.

English Tahitian English Tahitian
Good Maita’i Bad ‘Ino
Beautiful Nehenehe, purotu Ugly Hā’iriiri
Hot Ve’ave’a Cold To’eto’e
Short Poto Long Roa
Strong Pūai Low (weakened)

Weak (down, humble)



Easy ‘Ohie Difficult Fifi
Clean Dirty Reporepo
Big Rahi Small Na’ina’i
Happy ‘Oa’oa Unfortunate ‘Ati
Rich Moni Poor Veve
Fast Vitiviti Slow Tāere
Cheap Māmā Expensive Moni
Kind Maita’i Bad ‘Ino
New (thing) Âpī Old (thing) Tahito
Young (person) Âpī Old (nobody) Rū’au
On top I ni’a Below I raro
Inside I roto Outside I rāpae
Raw Ota Cooked ‘Ama

Opposite verbs in Tahitian

In this third chapter, we will learn opposite verbs.

English Tahitian English Tahitian
Open a door ‘Iriti, tātara Close a door Ôpani
Open with a key Tāviri Close with a key, lock Tāviri
Open a tap, a store Mahuti Close a tap, a store Tāmau
Open the eyes Ara Close eyes Tāpiri
Turn on a light Tū’ama Turn off a light Tūpohe
Start the fire Tutu’i Extinguish a fire Tūpohe
Tidy up, put in order Faanahonaho Disturb, to mess up Hue
Live Ora Pass away, die Pohe
Come together, join in Âmui Separate Faataa
Meet Fārerei Break up Faataa

And after ?

With this lesson, we have just learned the vocabulary of opposites in Tahitian. And also, we learned 88 vocabulary words and expressions.