Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A ukulele.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ukulele.
  • n. A passive or submissive male fictional character in a same-sex relationship; a bottom.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small guitar having four strings

Etymologies

From ukulele ("small four-string guitar") by shortening. (Wiktionary)
From Japanese 受ける (ukeru, "to receive, to get"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sure, a uke is a pretty portable stringed instrument, but it hasn't got anything on this microscale guitar, 10 micrometers long, that requires an atomic force microscope or similar to pluck its tiny strings.

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  • This "Tickler" brand uke is a one-of-a-kind fine art object which is entirely painted in oils on all sides by myself, Amy Crehore, with my trademark motifs: "The Banana Eater" image is on the back (from my "Monkey Love" series), a monkey and "little pierrot" combination are painted on the front.

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  • For people who have music in their heart but lack the inborn talent to express it, the uke is an easy instrument to master.

    Broadcast Noir in 1950s London

  • I would also have thought that your uke was a girl; he looks like he has pigtails and larger breasts than a couple of girls I used to know.

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  • The best and fastest way to learn the uke is to be a part of an ukulele community.

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  • The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early 1920s the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home and the first musical voice for millions of children.

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  • Behind the uke is the album's biggest strength: a selection of some of the best beat sampling you're likely to hear this year.

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  • Once a punch line, the "uke" has now become a powerhouse instrument, and nowhere it is more popular than in Santa Cruz.

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  • In my mind's eye I imagined being seated next to some 16-year-old Goth Lolita and her friend (or possibly mom) as they wondered whether L or Light made a better uke.

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  • Mr. Vedder reportedly got his first uke on a lark at a drugstore in Hawaii, and the little instrument with the enchanting sound does well to help him temper his booming voice and settle down, sweetly, into his humble surfer-dude guise.

    Four Strings and a Tune

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