go well, interjectional phrase

Origin:
Zulu, Xhosa, Southern Sotho, seTswanaShow more Translation of Zulu hamba kahle, Xhosa hamba kakuhle, see hamba sense 2; phrases with similar meanings are also found in Southern Sotho and seTswana.
An expression of good wishes spoken upon parting by one staying behind to one leaving; hamba kahle, see hamba sense 2 a. See also stay well.
Note:
Originally almost exclusively used by writers to suggest Xhosa or Zulu dialogue, but now in common use among English-speakers.
1948 A. Paton Cry, Beloved Country 222‘Go well, umfundisi.’ ‘Stay well, inkosi.’
1989 J. Hobbs Thoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 197‘Go well, Mr Kimber,’ he says formally in Zulu. ‘Stay well, Mgwetshana Tshabalala.’
An expression of good wishes spoken upon parting by one staying behind to one leaving; hamba kahle, see hamba2 a.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

19481989