dikbek, noun and & adjective

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, dik thick + bek beak, muzzle.
slang
A. noun , plural dikbekke /-bekə/. A sour-faced, sulky, or surly person.
1970 C.B. Wood Informant, JohannesburgMy servant was efficient but a real ‘dik-bek’. (Sour face).
1991 R. McNeill in Sunday Times 17 Mar. 24At the end of the programme Terre Blanche thanked John Bishop for interviewing him — something, he averred, that his Afrikaans colleagues didn’t have the guts to do. I wonder how many dikbekke that produced in the newsroom.
B. adjective Angry, furious, peeved.
[1979 Sunday Times 9 Sept. (Mag. Sect.) 5Do you remember how cold the wind was?..We called it the dikbekwind, the angry wind.]
1986 J. Allan in Sunday Times 2 Jan.Going home Tannie..is dikbek..Kev won’t let her come with us for a dop and insists on taking her straight home.
1991 L. Kent Informant, KrugersdorpHe felt angry when he was picked out so now he is dikbek.
1991 G. De Beer Informant, Port Nolloth (N. Cape)Dikbek (Surly/sulky). She was so dikbek all day, because she’d been excluded.
1992 C. Van Reenen Informant, GrahamstownThe one teacher was quite dikbek about having to share a taxi.
A sour-faced, sulky, or surly person.
Angry, furious, peeved.
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