Ska Definition

skä
noun
A form of dance music, originally from Jamaica, characterized by the use of saxophones and brass, a heavily accented offbeat, and the influence of New Orleans rhythm and blues, jazz, and calypso.
Webster's New World
abbreviation
(astronomy) Initialism of Square Kilometer Array.
Wiktionary

Origin of Ska

  • From the phrase (Love) Ska(voovie) greeting used by Jamaican bassist Cluet Johnson, one of the early creators of ska, or imitative of the sound of a guitar in tandem with a rim click on a snare drum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain. Probably imitative of the crisp guitar sound; other suggestions include a contraction of American slang skavoovie, or of speed polka.

    From Wiktionary

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