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[skah] /skɑ/
a modern style of vocalized Jamaican popular music, which emerged in the 1950s as a blend of African-Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American rhythm and blues, notable for its shuffling, scratchlike tempo and jazzlike horn riffs on the offbeat.
Compare reggae, rock steady.
Origin of ska
First recorded in 1960-65; of obscure origin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ska
Historical Examples
  • ska man' dros, or Scamander—a river of the Troad or plains of Troy.

  • Ho som so gjilt kan po Langoleik spelo,Svanaug den vena, ska no væra mi!

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer
  • What I want is to drive every pony across the Wakon and up the ska valley, where we'll find support.

    Under Fire Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for ska


a type of West Indian pop music of the 1960s, accented on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat bar
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for ska

1964, Jamaican, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for ska



An early form of reggae music: various musical trends, punk, New Wave, power-pop, ska

[1964+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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