a small, four-stringed, guitarlike musical instrument introduced from Portugal into the Hawaiian Islands about 1879
colloquially shortened to uke
Origin of ukuleleHaw, literally , leaping flea from uku, flea ( from Proto-Polynesian an unverified form kutu from source cootie) + lele, to jump: origin, originally a nickname of Edward Purvis, nimble player who popularized the instrument there
A small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii.
Origin of ukuleleHawaiian 'ukulele probably from 'uku lele jumping flea (perhaps in reference to the movement of the fingers when playing the instrument) 'uku louse, flea ( from Proto-Polynesian kutu louse ) lele to fly, jump ( from Proto-Polynesian lele )
From Hawaiian Ê»ukulele, from Ê»uku (“flea") + lele (“jump, jumping")