shaka

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English[edit]

The shaka

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain. Shaka is not a word in the Hawaiian language, which lacks the /ʃ/ sound.

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Noun[edit]

shaka (plural shakas)

  1. A greeting gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended while curling the three middle fingers in a semi-fist. Used to express a variety of positive meanings including "all right", "hello" and "goodbye".
    • 2008, December 27, photo caption, Reuters:
      US President-elect Obama flashes the 'shaka' before he greets a crowd []

Usage notes[edit]

  • Associated with Hawaii and with sports such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, and skydiving.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ottoman Turkish [script needed] (şaka, joke). Others propose Proto-Indo-European *yek- (to speak). Compare Latin iocus (joke, jest), Italian gioco (game, prank, joke) (compare the Apulian dialect word sheik (“joke, prank”)), Old High German jehan, Welsh iaith, Breton jez.

Noun[edit]

shaka f (indefinite plural shaka, definite singular shakaja, definite plural shakatë)

  1. a joke, prank
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French[edit]

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Verb[edit]

shaka

  1. third-person singular past historic of shaker

Ladino[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Turkish şaka (joke).

Noun[edit]

shaka f

  1. joke (thing said to amuse)

Rwanda-Rundi[edit]

Verb[edit]

-shāka (infinitive gushāka, perfective -shātse)

  1. want
  2. look for, seek

Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Arabic شَكّ(šakk).

Noun[edit]

shaka (n class, plural shaka) or shaka (ma class, plural mashaka)

  1. doubt
  2. worry
  3. (computing) error

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