Definition of tiki in English:


Syllabification: ti·ki
Pronunciation: /ˈtēkē

noun (plural tikis)

New Zealand
A large wooden or small greenstone image of a human figure.
More example sentences
  • A throwback to the Polynesian craze that swept North America in the '50s and '60s, the restaurant is full of Eastern Island statuettes, wooden tikis and a Hawaiian ukulele soundtrack.
  • No, what he felt for was the little smooth object sewn at the back of his silver fern, a greenstone tiki presented by the Maori people of Hawera.
  • Tipi wore a greenstone tiki around her neck that had been passed down through many generations.


Maori, literally 'image'.

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