bhuti, noun

Forms:
Also bhut’, buti, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Xhosa, AfrikaansShow more Xhosa, vocative form of ubhuti (plural obhuti), from Afrikaans boetie (see boetie).
‘Brother’: a polite title and term of address or reference used, especially among speakers of Sintu (Bantu) languages, when speaking to a man. Cf. aubuti, sisi sense 1.
a. A term of address; cf. boetie sense 2.
1961 T. Matshikiza Choc. for my Wife 62‘Morning, morning, Bhuti,’ using the polite form of address.
[1963 Wilson & Mafeje Langa 89uButi (from the Afrikaans ‘boetie’, brother) has all but replaced the traditional umkhuluwe..in town...In the country, among the Xhosa speaking groups who circumcise, uncircumcised boys address all those already circumcised as buti irrespective of their relative ages...Women also use buti to senior contemporaries.]
1979 F. Dike First S. African 29The parents of men never say ‘bhuti’ to their sons, even when they are circumcised...To us you will always be a boy, to us you’ll die a boy.
1984 M. Cilibe in Staffrider Vol.6 No.1, 4‘Hey! Hey! Bhuti, stand in the queue!’ The caller had on a headsman’s uniform. Mdange looked from side to side at all the queues to his utter confusion.
1988 Z.C. Ndaba in Staffrider Vol.7 No.1, 21We appreciate your care for us Bhuti. But I must say that we are not all impressed by what you have said.
b. A title.
1976 R.L. Peteni Hill of Fools 17‘No, bhut’ Duma,’ he said in a calm voice. ‘I see you don’t understand.’
1980 E. Joubert Long Journey of Poppie Nongena 42After Plank had been to the bush we who were younger no longer called him Plank, but buti Plank, to show respect.
c. A common noun.
1980 [see abakwetha sense 1].
‘Brother’: a polite title and term of address or reference used, especially among speakers of Sintu (Bantu) languages, when speaking to a man.
A term of address;
A title.
A common noun.

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