appy, noun

Forms:
Also appie.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Formed on English apprentice + (informal) noun suffix -y (or -ie).
colloquial
An apprentice. Also figurative, a greenhorn.
1985 Sunday Times 27 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 10All you need do is pop down to the local garage and charm the appies into lending you a couple of chamois leathers.
1989 Sunday Times 14 May 5I’ve got all my pay slips going back to when I was an appy.
1991 M. Kantey All Tickets 19Being woken up at 03h00 to drink neat cane by appies on their way to trade tests in Pretoria.
1993 Natal Witness 6 Jan. 3Jockey fined for hitting appie.
1993 Informant, GrahamstownThat lecturer is a bladdy appy.
An apprentice. Also figurative, a greenhorn.
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