Definition of gina-gina in English:



  • A kind of dress worn by Aboriginal women in some areas of Western Australia.

    ‘their gina-ginas were red with road dust’
    • ‘They get tea and sugar and tobacco, a cake of soap and a couple of gina-ginas a year.’
    • ‘Full of laughter, they are wearing bright gina-ginas.’
    • ‘They were slight, straight figures in dungaree gina-ginas.’
    • ‘A dark woman strolls by in a bright gina-gina.’
    • ‘A gina-gina almost black with dust and grease, showed her bony legs and feet.’
    • ‘The women tied grass and leaves from a string round their waists, before there were gina-ginas.’
    • ‘They scrub, polish, and make gina-ginas for themselves.’
    • ‘You have a good wash and I'll find you a gina-gina.’
    • ‘The gina-ginas are no more than scraps of faded blue cotton stuff on their meagre bodies.’
    • ‘Thin, bony fingers grabbed at and scratched their legs, tore their gina-ginas.’


Early 20th century: probably from the Mantjiltjara dialect of Western Desert language.