Main definitions of shaka in English

: shaka1Shaka2

shaka1

(also shaka sign)

noun

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

    ‘the President 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’’

exclamation

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

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

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).

Pronunciation

shaka

/ˈʃɑːkə/

Main definitions of shaka in English

: shaka1Shaka2

Shaka2

(also Chaka)

proper noun

  • (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 south-eastern Africa.

Pronunciation

Shaka

/ˈʃɑːkə/