[ tee-kee ]

  1. (initial capital letter) (in Polynesian mythology) the first man on earth.

  2. (in Polynesian cultures) a carved image, as of a god or ancestor, sometimes worn as a pendant around the neck.

Origin of tiki

1875–80; <Maori and Marquesan

Words Nearby tiki

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How to use tiki in a sentence

  • I have never looked upon Brutus as anything of an original genius; but tiki Whenua most certainly was.

    Old New Zealand: | 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
  • tiki Tiu closed his eyes and let blue smoke filter through his nostrils.

  • He mentioned his disappointment at these evidences of civilization to tiki Tiu, the astute native who kept the general store.

  • He prudently decided to stay in his cave until the sails of tiki Tiu's schooner hove in sight.

British Dictionary definitions for tiki


/ (ˈtiːkɪ) /

  1. an amulet or figurine in the form of a carved representation of an ancestor, worn in some Māori cultures

  1. (intr) NZ to take a scenic tour around an area

Origin of tiki

from Māori

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