bakkie, noun

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, bak container, load-bearing part of a truck + diminutive suffix -ie.
1. A bowl; any small container. Also shortened form bak. See also botterbak.
1893 H.P. Barnett-Clark in Cape Illust. Mag. Vol.4 No.6, 217‘Water? Why don’t you carry a bottle of it with you?’ She took up a bakje or mug, and..set off to the duck pond.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 41All farms had wells..from which water was drawn by means of windmills or ‘bakkies pumps’, a chain of rotating buckets turned by a mule or a horse walking round and round.
c1967 J. Hobbs in New S. Afr. Writing No.4, 68Oom Franz’s eldest..took to joining Klein Hannes behind the fowl-hok at five to twelve, carrying a bakkie of laying mash as an excuse.
1970 K. Nicol Informant, DurbanThat bak (bakkie) is too small to hold a decent quantity of tea.
1971 Informant, OFSI put the oysters in a bakkie and in the deep-freeze.
1990 M.G. Gilbert Informant, LadybrandJohn remembered my biscuit bakkie so he had one — I put some biscuits & sweets in a [packet] for the journey.
1991 Informant, Port ElizabethI’m going to bring a bakkie for your false teeth.
1991 G. Zwirn in Settler Vol.65 No.2, 11Strictly speaking, bakkie means a container but through extension, it has come to mean any kind of receptacle, from a baking-tin to a trough.
2. A light truck, a pick-up; a 4-by-4 vehicle. Also attributive, and (occasionally) figurative.
1968 Farmer’s Weekly 3 Jan. 98 (advt)Bakkies! Bakkies! Bakkies! All makes and sizes.
1971 Farmer’s Weekly 12 May (advt)Firestone build their bakkie tyres with the same triple-strength method as their heavy duty truck tyres.
1972 C. Britz InformantAt 8.30 a.m. I get sent here to Outjo — another 125 miles. And 4 full drums of diesel in a bakkie all the way back.
1975 E. Prov. Herald 18 June 17Aviation history was made here yesterday when South Africa’s very own ‘aerial bakkie’ took off and landed...‘We had in mind what can be called a “bush” aircraft — an aerial bakkie,’ said the general manager of Atlas.
1976 M. Tholo in C. Hermer Diary of Maria Tholo (1980) 81It was a red van, a bakkie, with a canopy on top, and she recognised it as belonging of our biggest shebeen queens.
1985 J. Lawrence in Style Dec.Jan. 63He sent a telegram to Rolls-Royce in London..declaring that he would rather buy a Japanese bakkie than anything British.
1986 Motorist 1st Quarter 51This front-wheel-drive, half-ton bakkie has two derivatives — the only difference being engine size.
1989 P. Lee in Sunday Times 26 Feb. (Mag. Sect.) 36The bakkie is synonymous with the local farmer out on his plaas,..bags of mealies and his workers in the back.
1990 Sunday Times 10 June 7Higgens..was the first to meet the four-by-four bakkie driven by neighbours rushing to the rescue, refusing to let them out of the cab until he recognised them.
1990 R. Malan My Traitor’s Heart 103On drunken Saturday nights, he sometimes roamed the countryside in his bakkie, his pickup, poaching rabbits and steenbok.
1991 E. Prov. Herald 7 Feb. 15 (advt)A bakkie building sand, crusher grit or top soil. We also supply stock bricks...A bakkie load (one ton) building sand from R40.
1991 G. Zwirn in Settler Vol.65 No.2, 11Bakkie, This word is colloquial SAE for a light truck or delivery van.
A bowl; any small container. Also shortened form bak.
A light truck, a pick-up; a 4-by-4 vehicle. Also attributive, and (occasionally) figurative.
Hence (sense 2) bakkie transitive verb nonce, to transport by bakkie.
1988 J. Taylor in Inside S. Afr. July 31I asked if he could not sell me a ton [of grapes] and rail them up to me...They arrived one day at Pretoria Station..from where they were bakkied at once to Broederstroom.
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