- A stringed instrument resembling a guitar, formerly played by the Khoikhoi people of southern Africa.More example sentences
- The earliest description of the ramkie came from O.F. Mentzel (1733) who witnessed Khoikhoi makers and players of the instrument.
- A similar instrument, the Ramkie, has existed in South Africa since the early 18th century.
early 19th century: from Afrikaans, from Nama rangi-b, perhaps from Portuguese rabequinha, diminutive of rabeca 'fiddle'.