da kine

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the kind. It is a lexicalization of a voiced dental fricative having become a plosive and the plosive of the nasal + consonant termination having been dropped, both of which are common developments in many slang registers of English, such as AAVE.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

da kine (not comparable)

  1. good, best

Noun[edit]

da kine (uncountable)

  1. (Hawaii, slang) that; it; that thing.
  2. (Hawaii, slang) the kind of thing we're discussing (a shibboleth)

Usage notes[edit]

In HCE (Hawaiian Creole English), da kine is used generally to mean almost anything, particularly when referring to a thing whose name is not known or whose name does not come immediately to mind.

References[edit]

  • da kine/da kind, in Dictionary of American Regional English: Introduction and A-C, By Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Joan Houston Hall, Contributor Frederic Gomes Cassidy, Edition 6, (Harvard University Press, 1985), ISBN 9780674205116.