Main meanings of kanga in English

: kanga1kanga2

kanga1

Pronunciation /ˈkaŋɡə/

noun

informal Australian
  • 1A kangaroo.

    • ‘they transported the injured kanga to the Taronga Zoo’
    • ‘we saw baby wombats, koalas, kangas, crocs, platypus, and Tasmanian devils’
    • ‘Jump on your kanga and race against your friends in a colorful online world.’
    • ‘Mummy and baby Kanga are tricky. They are seeing what they can juggle.’
  • 2A prison warder.

Origin

1920s abbreviation; kanga (sense 2) from rhyming slang kangaroo ‘screw’.

Main meanings of kanga in English

: kanga1kanga2

kanga2

Pronunciation /ˈkaŋɡə/

noun

(also khanga)
mass noun
  • A light East African cotton fabric printed with coloured designs, used mainly for women's clothing.

Origin

Kiswahili.