Rhodesian English, Ndebele, Xhosa, ZuluShow more Perhaps originally Rhodesian (Zimbabwean) English, from Ndebele umfundi disciple, learner (plural abafundi), from funda learn, read; or from fundisa teach, educate; or from the identical Xhosa and Zulu words. Cf. umfundisi.
1.rare.An academic; a learned person.
[1937C. BirkbyZulu Journey 281Pondos will call the missionary or the farming lecturer or the doctor ‘Umfundi’ — the learned one.]
1971P.J. SilvaInformant, GrahamstownHe’s not the teacher type — he doesn’t strike one as being a great fundi.
2.An expert or authority on a particular subject. Also attributive.
[1970J. TaylorInformant, Salisbury (Harare, Zimbabwe)Fundi — an expert or specialist. Bessie is a fundi at gardening.]