grootman, noun

grootmanne /ˈxrʊətmanə/, grootmen.
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, groot big + man man.
1. obsolete. great councillor, see great.
1886 G.A. Farini Through Kalahari Desert 282Verlander, with the acquiescence of his groot-men, gave him a piece of land.
2. slang
a. In urban (especially township) English: a term of respect for an older man or a leader.
1980 E. Joubert Long Journey of Poppie Nongena 229And always the men were standing round the house and not leaving them alone, clansmen, old ones, grootmanne, men in groups, waiting round the house.
1983 Natal Mercury 8 JuneThe youngsters don’t speak the lingo properly any more, but they look up to a grootman who is a bra.
1992 A. Klaaste in Natal Mercury 11 Nov. 6The dinner was in memory of..a former colleague..and another ‘grootman’ I knew, Toto Dinalane.
1993 A. Klaaste Informant, Johannesburg‘Grootman’ is street language and means Big Brother. It is the sign of respect for age and the leadership qualities of the man so addressed.
b. An older brother.
1991 Informant, BellvilleGrootman. Elder brother. My grootman resembles my father.
great councillor, see great.
a term of respect for an older man or a leader.
An older brother.
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