Main definitions of shaka in English

: shaka1Shaka2

shaka1

noun

(also shaka sign)
informal US
  • A hand gesture in which the thumb and little finger are extended outward from a closed fist, used when greeting or parting from someone or to express approval, solidarity, etc.

    • ‘he left with a grin and a shaka sign’
    • ‘he didn't know who the guy was, but still gave a shaka and said “nice voice”’

Pronunciation

shaka

/ˈSHäkə/ /ˈʃɑkə/

exclamation

informal US
  • Used to express approval, solidarity, etc., often when greeting or parting from someone.

    • ‘“Shaka, brah.” He high-fived Lopaka, then broke into laughter’

Pronunciation

shaka

/ˈSHäkə/ /ˈʃɑkə/

Origin

1970s (originally in Hawaiian English): origin uncertain; perhaps from Japanese shaka, a name for the Buddha (though if this is the case, the relationship with the gesture is unclear).

Main definitions of Shaka in English

: shaka1Shaka2

Shaka2

proper noun

(also Chaka)
  • (c.1787–1828), Zulu chief 1816–28. He reorganized his forces and waged war against many Nguni clans, subjugating them and forming a Zulu empire in southeastern Africa.

Pronunciation

Shaka

/ˈSHäkə/ /ˈʃɑkə/