Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A garment consisting of a rectangular piece of printed cloth tied loosely around the waist that is worn by Polynesians and especially Samoans.

Etymologies

Samoan lāvalava, to put on clothes, clothes, from reduplication of Proto-Polynesian *lawa, to bind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The captain, slouch-hatted and barelegged, with a rolling twist hitched the faded blue lava-lava tighter around his waist and spat tobacco juice overside.

    A SON OF THE SUN

  • Otoo, moving about the house or trailing through the office, his wooden pipe in his mouth, a shilling undershirt on his back, and a four-shilling lava-lava about his loins.

    THE HEATHEN

  • Then he turned his attention to the three house-boys, cornering Ornfiri in the kitchen and rushing him against the hot stove, stripping the lava-lava from Lalaperu when that excited youth climbed a veranda-post, and following Viaburi on top the billiard - table, where the battle raged until Joan managed a rescue.

    Chapter 8

  • From the fact that each was attired in a new, snow-white lava-lava, Sheldon knew that they were recruits.

    Chapter 18

  • Other blacks there were on board, from unheard-of far places, and when the white man spoke to them, they tore the long feather from Mauki's hair, cut that same hair short, and wrapped about his waist a lava-lava of bright yellow calico.

    MAUKI

  • Old Oti's pride had been touched, for he suddenly stripped down his lava-lava and showed me the unmistakable scar of a bullet.

    YAH! YAH! YAH!

  • I married and my standard of living rose; but Otoo remained the same old-time Otoo, moving about the house or trailing through the office, his wooden pipe in his mouth, a shilling undershirt on his back, and a four-shilling lava-lava about his loins.

    THE HEATHEN

  • Charley marries and has children, and Otoo "remained the same old-time Otoo, moving about the house or trailing through the office, his wooden pipe in his mouth, a shilling undershirt on his back, and a four-shilling lava-lava about his loins."

    “Some day, all the fools will be dead....”

  • Unless he gits 2 go baer footz an waer a lava-lava!

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  • Their curiosity amused Adams, but the impeccable La Farge was much troubled by his lava-lava, which kept slipping its knot and floating away.

    The Five of Hearts

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