hasie, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, haas hare + -ie.
1. A hare.
Note:
Common in speech.
1948 A.C. White Call of Bushveld 201I tried..to persuade my friend that it was sure to be a stembuck and that..he had better go to the spot where the dog was pointing...‘Never in the world’, he exclaimed, ‘it is only an old hasie..!’.
2. Prison slang. Also haas. The ‘female’ partner in a homosexual relationship; rabbit. Cf. hawk.
1965 Rand Daily Mail 15 Oct. 4Did you hear prisoners talking about sodomy? — Yes...These people were called by various names? — Yes. Like ‘hawk’ and ‘Haasie’? — That’s correct.
1974 in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.5 No.1, 10The [prison] society produces its own lovers...Here, ‘gay’ or ‘camp’ terms from outside are common (e.g. moffie) but specific distinction is drawn between hawks and hasies (sometimes rabbits).
1984 Cape Times 10 Aug. 1‘Do you know about “Moffies”? “Hasies” (rabbits)? Homosexuals?’ he was asked...‘My mother warned me against such things.’
1987 S.A. Botha in Frontline Oct.Nov. 11The Hawks were the masculine guys...The Lighties, or Haase (rabbits) were the passive ones, mainly ignorant youngsters selling their orifices and smooth youthful skins for food, tobacco, drugs and protection.
3. In full hasie-aboel /-aˈbʊl/, or hasie-ablou /-aˈbləʊ/ [Afrikaans, adaptation of an English name for the game Castles are Blue, which became katsels-ablou, katsels-aboel, then, by substitution of hasie for kat (cat), hasie-aboel]: a children’s game in which the members of one team stand on the junctions of a grid of lines drawn on the ground, and the members of the other team try to run past them without being touched; a successful run-through; a player from the defending team who is allowed to move along the lines.
1971 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. III. 190The game of ablou — often called hasie-aboel — is played by two teams on a rectangular figure divided by cross-lines into blocks or ‘rooms’...The player who succeeds has made a ‘hasie’ (hare), and the team with the most ‘hasies’ is declared the winner.
1975 Levick & Mullins ‘Prep’ Story 147Playground games seem to be international...It might be interesting to list the Prep crazes: Kennekie, Bok Bok,..Hasie.
1982 T. Baron in Frontline Nov. 46Hasie had a court scratched in the dirt, equivalent to the service lines in tennis...The Hasie.., alone, was allowed to run along the lines of the court.
1990 [see giffie].
A hare.
The ‘female’ partner in a homosexual relationship; rabbit.
a children’s game in which the members of one team stand on the junctions of a grid of lines drawn on the ground, and the members of the other team try to run past them without being touched; a successful run-through; a player from the defending team who is allowed to move along the lines.

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