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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

short for ukulele, by 1915.


Etymology 1 n. ukulele. Etymology 2

n. 1 (cx judo martial arts English) The training partner against whom tori performs a move. 2 (context Japanese fiction English) A passive or submissive male fictional character in a same-sex relationship; a bottom.


n. a small guitar having four strings [syn: ukulele]

Uke (martial arts)

is in Japanese martial arts the person who "receives" a technique. The exact role of uke varies between the different arts and often within the art itself depending on the situation. For instance, in aikido, judo kata, and bujinkan ninjutsu, uke initiates an attack against their partner, who then defends, whereas in competition judo, there is no designated uke.

An uke typically partners with a partner or nominal opponent. The latter person may be referred to by any of several terms, again depending on the art or situation. They include , or .


Uke may refer to:

Usage examples of "uke".

No doubt Uke thought it had been an ippon, but now those hard-nosed judges were on my side.

Every Uke will drive mindlessly to exterminate the threat—which is obviously the alien presence on the planet—after which King Brf will resurface.

When I'd gone in and found it was dark I turned to switch on the light and had my back to him and I heard a faint rustle of fabric as his arms came up and across my head and started down again past my face with his hands bunched and the wire between them and it was then that everything slowed down and as I brought my right arm rising in a jodan uchi uke it felt as if I were moving it through water, through quiet water, the forearm bone meeting the wire and my fist snapping back against the front of my skull as his two-handed force pressed it there and we began waiting.