Meaning of da kine in English:

da kine

Pronunciation /də ˈkʌɪn/


informal, dialect US, Hawaiian
  • Used familiarly as a conversational filler to indicate or emphasize a person, thing, place, etc., which (named or not) can be understood contextually: ‘this very (thing)’, ‘that particular (person, place, etc.)’.

    Although sometimes glossed as ‘that kind’ or compared to other terms of indeterminate reference such as whatchamacallit or thingummy, da kine is used more freely.


1950s; earliest use found in The New York Times. Reflecting a regional pronunciation of that kind.