AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘little blue dress’, blou blue + rok dress + -ie.
1.Prison slang.rare. [Probably by analogy with Afrikaans bloubaadjie the blue jacket worn in the past by long-term male prisoners (see bloubaadjie).]A female habitual criminal, sentenced to an indeterminate period in gaol; this sentence.See also blue-coat sense 1.
1969A. FugardBoesman & Lena 7Oppas they don’t get you. Blourokkie next time they catch you stealing.
2.colloquial. [Named for the sky-blue uniform of the sect.]A name given to a woman belonging to the Pentecostal ‘Latter Rain’ or ‘Spade Reën’ sect.
[1972A.V. Krige inStd Encycl. of Sn Afr.VI. 555The women..wear a uniform consisting of a sky-blue dress worn well below the knee, with headdress to match...This uniform ensures that they are modestly and neatly dressed, independently of changing fashions.]
1981E. Collier inRand Daily Mail 13 Jan. 5New hats which, they claimed, made them look like members of the ‘Blou Rokkies’, the religious sect in which members wear long blue coats, black stockings and little blue hats perched on their heads.
1987A.N. Bell inFair Lady 25 Nov. 7You have..sold out to the nappies and recipes brigade. Nothing, not one single item in your latest effort, would ruffle the blouest of blourokkies in this fair land.
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