Definition of konaki in English:


nounPlural konakis

  • A horse-drawn sledge used by a farmer or timberman, typically with runners at the front and wheels at the back.

    ‘the solid manure is scraped into a konaki’
    • ‘The konaki has replaced the ordinary farm sledge on many farms in Taranaki.’
    • ‘We had to use that konaki and that ruddy horse.’
    • ‘In visiting farms in a district such as Taranaki, one sees many designs of konakis.’
    • ‘A konaki with a single runner extended in front of the vehicle.’
    • ‘It must have been the predecessor of that very useful, and once very common, farm vehicle, called a konaki.’


Early 20th century: from Maori koneke ‘sledge’.