da kine

See also: dakine

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Hawaiian Pidgin English da (the definite article, from English the) + kine (used as an intensifier, to mean "type of", and many other purposes, from English kind).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

da kine (not comparable)

  1. good, best

NounEdit

da kine (uncountable)

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

Usage notesEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

  • 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.

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