Meaning of ramkie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈramki/


  • A stringed instrument resembling a guitar, formerly played by the Khoikhoi people of southern Africa.

    ‘The earliest description of the ramkie came from O.F. Mentzel (1733) who witnessed Khoikhoi makers and players of the instrument.’
    • ‘A similar instrument, the Ramkie, has existed in South Africa since the early 18th century.’


Early 19th century from Afrikaans, from Nama rangi-b, perhaps from Portuguese rabequinha, diminutive of rabeca ‘fiddle’.