da kine

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Alternative forms[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.



da kine (not comparable)

  1. good, best


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.


  • 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.