1920R.Y. StormbergMrs Pieter de Bruyn 60In great distress Gabriel leans over, puts his arms around the boy, and says again: ‘But my little Boetie, don’t do that.’
1958S. CloeteMask 167The child was wailing now. Mina comforted him. ‘Fear not, little brother...Fear not, my boetie.’
1965K. MackenzieDeserter 101‘What is it boetie?’ Japie asked the Basuto..‘Aubuti, look,’ The assonance between the Afrikaans and the Sotho words of brotherly affection was one of several jokes that had grown up between the two men.
1975S. Afr. Panorama Oct. 20Amid cheers of ‘Very good, Boetie!’ these youngsters had a go at ‘kussingslaan’ (a pillow fight on a beam).
a1977K.M.C. Motsisi inM. MutloatseCasey & Co. (1978) 121There are more and more Simons invading the city to come and beg. You find them at the cinemas, in the streets, at the railway station: ‘Boetie give me a sixpence to go home.’
1988‘K. De Boer’ inFrontline Apr. 26Boeties, unless somebody else starts formulating really challenging alternative ideals and dreams, we’re in for a nasty bit of volksontwaking in the near future.
3.derogatory.boetie-boetie:partisan behaviour. Also as adjective, in cahoots, over-friendly.
1956D. JacobsonDance in Sun 73Frank found that he and the other were boetie-boetie again, confidential.
1971Daily Dispatch 2 Oct. 12Most people voted according to tribal lines. It was a question of ‘boetie-boetie’. Voters were not influenced by what the candidates said in their meetings.
4.obsolescent.Offensive to many. In the Eastern Cape: a term used for a black male employee.Cf. sisi sense 1 b.
1973Headmistress’s letter, GrahamstownWarning: Only ‘Boeties’ in [school] overalls should be allowed to carry luggage into the Houses at the beginning of term.
5.figurative.A political fellow-traveller.See also kaffirboetie.
1973Y. BurgessLife to Live 120The men in the bar..agreed that the country was going to the dogs, that the Commies, the kaffirs, and the ‘boeties’, that is, brothers, of both, had taken over.
1987R. Du Preez inSunday Times 12 Apr. 1Singer Mara Louw was telephoned and threatened with death by a woman who accused her of being an ‘ANC boetie’.
6.figurative.A generic nickname given to an Afrikaner, or to an aggressively masculine male. Also used ironically.
1973F. Chisholm inCape Times 30 June 7The driver was a typical gun-happy South African with his Lee Enfield in a rack behind the seat, continually clapping on brakes, anxious to blaze away at every living thing he saw. This distressed the Prince until he was finally able to quell boetie’s destructive ardour.
1992H. Tyrrell inWeekly Mail 24 Apr. 24Change in this country has not come about from waiting until big boetie and his business cronies are ready to throw out some crumbs.
Used as a term of reference, usually for a brother who is still a teenager and living at home. Cf. boet3 a.
An affectionate form of address.
‘Brother’: a familiar form of address to any man or boy.
partisan behaviour. Also as adjective, in cahoots, over-friendly.
a term used for a black male employee.
A political fellow-traveller.
A generic nickname given to an Afrikaner, or to an aggressively masculine male. Also used ironically.
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