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The Ukulele, or Uke for short, is a four string, six string, or eight string instrument. It is originally from Portugal. The Hawaiians named the instrument the Ukulele, meaning Jumping Fleas when they saw the rapid movement of the Portuguese musicians.
Hawaiians adopted the instrument and it is a part of the local culture. For years, local people have been playing the ukulele as accompaniment or solo instruments. It is common to hear families at night singing to one in their backyard or to see kids walking around with them at school.
The Ukulele comes in diferent sizes. The soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone are most common. Tenor size ukes can be found with six or eight strings. The four-string ukes are tuned in G-C-E-A.
Families and friend "Kanikapila," or play music at gatherings and parties.
Ikaika: Howzit, brah?
Kawika: Eh, I'm doin' good.
Ikaika: You like come my house afta sku an' we kanikapila? Bring your ukulele n we jam, ah.
Kawika: Shootz, brah. Da uke stay at da house. I go afta sku n pick em up. Lataz!
by SHOOTZ CUZ January 24, 2006
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A small insturment with four string origianlly from hawaiil.
Ukuleles rock
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small hawaiian guitar. pronounced (oooh-KUU-leh-leh) NOT (you-kuu-lay-lee). get it strait haoles.
me and my cousin like playin the ukulele.
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A ukulele, or uke, is a small gutair-like instrument that originated in Hawaii. this instrument sends out good vibes as it is played and brings a smile to everyone's face when it is played (if it is in tune!)
We love to play the ukulele!
by islandgirltyler16 May 09, 2015
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A sad, poor, lonely excuse for a guitar. Seen in garbage bins and that one Vance Joy music video.
Guy 1: Hey, we need a guitarist for our band
Guy 2: I can play ukulele
Guy 1: FUCK.
by PopShouldDieLikeMCR March 05, 2018
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The instrument that white girls play when they have no musical talent as a desperate attempt to get a higher social status and/or a desperate call for attention.
Guy 1: Bro, look at that girl, she is playing the Ukulele.
Guy 2: well what did you expect, she is white as hell.
Girl: *Starts playing Riptide*
Guy 1 and 2: Smh
by ïïï February 28, 2019
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