fluitjie, noun

Forms:
Formerly also fluitje, vlijtje.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, fluit flute, whistle + diminutive suffix -ie.
A mouth-organ; mondfluitjie.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 174Fluitje,..The Dutch name for a mouth organ.
1920 R.Y. Stormberg Mrs Pieter de Bruyn 93Someone tuned up a guitar. Someone else worried a vlijtje (how do you spell a mouth-organ in Dutch?).
1927 M.E. Deecker in Outspan 20 May 21The ‘band’..consisted of three Cape boys with a violin — of sorts — a concertino [sic], and a ‘fluitje’; but it was quite wonderful the music they managed to get out of these antiquated instruments.
1933 Outspan 4 Aug. (Swart)The ‘fluitjie’ is the music of the out-of-doors. Hear its nasal notes in any other part of the world and you are completely overcome by home-sickness for South Africa.
1972 N. Henshilwood Cape Childhood 36We raced to the gates to see them pass by our gardens, a medley of lilting music of banjos and fluitjies (mouth organs).
A mouth-organ; mondfluitjie.
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