auk, interjection

Forms:
Also auck, aug.
Origin:
Zulu, XhosaShow more From Zulu and Xhosa awu-ke, awu (see au) + emphatic enclitic formative -ke.
Among Xhosa- and Zulu-speakers: hau.
1907 J.P. Fitzpatrick Jock of Bushveld 403He would..give a click of disgust, a quick shake of the head, and say: ‘Aug! Ang-a-funa!’ (‘I do not desire it!’)
1959 G. & W. Gordon tr. of F.A. Venter’s Dark Pilgrim 24One of them says softly, with wonder in his voice: ‘Auk! This is the city of the white man; this is the city of the gold.’
[1967 L. Van der Post in C.M. Booysen Tales of S. Afr. 102‘Auck! Auck!’ Umtumwa exclaimed in Sindakwena. ‘He goes the long way to the great sleep.’]
hau.

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