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punee n Usu |ˈpuneʔe, ˈpune:|; for addit varr see quots [Haw pūne‘e] HI A couch or sofa.1938 Reinecke Hawaiian Loanwords 31, Pune’e [ˈpuneʔe] [ˈpune:]. . . couch. . . F[requent].  1951 AmSp 26.23 HI, Other common Hawaiian words are . . punee (a couch or day bed).  1954 Ellery Queen’s Mystery Mag. 4.31 HI, Anne and I sitting on the punee with the two visiting women discussing the smartest places to dine.  1954–60 Hance et al. Hawaiian Sugar 6, Punee . . [ˈpune-e]. Sofa. 1967 Clark All the Best HI 55, Punee—a studio couch. Hotelkeepers renting rooms and apartments use the word freely, even to malihinis.  1967 DARE (Qu. E7, The piece of upholstered furniture that you can stretch out on to rest) Inf HI8, [puˈne-e]; HI9, [ˈpune-e]; (Qu. E9, A piece of upholstered furniture that seats three people) Inf HI1, [puˈne:].  1972 Carr Da Kine Talk 88 HI, Hawaiian Words Commonly Heard In Hawaii’s English. . . Pūne‘e. Couch.

 

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