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See also: Uke and Üke


Etymology 1[edit]

From ukulele (small four-string guitar) by shortening.


uke (plural ukes)

  1. Ukulele.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Japanese 受ける (ukeru, to receive, to get).


uke (plural ukes or uke)

  1. (Japanese fiction) A passive or submissive male fictional character in a same-sex relationship; a bottom.
    • 2008, Tan Bee Kee, "Rewriting Gender and Sexuality in English-Language Yaoi Fanfiction", in Boys' Love Manga: Essays on the Sexual Ambiguity and Cross-Cultural Fandom of the Genre (eds. Antonia Levi, Mark McHarry & Dru Pagliassotti), McFarland & Company (2008), ISBN 9780786441952, page 142:
      Yaoi uke in fanfics often bear the brunt of stereotypical "negative female characteristics" such as passivity, helplessness, and masochism.
    • 2010, Pentabu, My Girlfriend's a Geek, Volume 1, Yen Press (2012), ISBN 9780316221801, unnumbered page:
      You'd rather have Sebas be an uke?
    • 2010, Kyoka Wakatsuki, "Afterword", in The Selfish Demon King, Digital Manga Publishing (2010), ISBN 9781569701324, unnumbered page:
      Shizuku is so, so, so cute! I love him as an uke so much I can't stand it!
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.




  1. rōmaji reading of うけ

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]


From Old Norse vika, from Proto-Germanic *wikǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *weig-, *weik- (to bend, wind, turn, yield).


uke f, m (definite singular uka/uken; indefinite plural uker; definite plural ukene)

  1. week

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