Especially among Zulu-speakers: an exclamation expressing any of a range of feelings, from the mildest to the most forceful, encompassing surprise, wonder, admiration, amusement, pleasure, anger, disapproval, disappointment, distress, sympathy, resignation, shock, and fear; au; auk.Cf. mawo, wau.
1898B. MitfordInduna’s Wife 27I see it all — the angry infuriated countenance of Umzilikazi, the dread anxiety on the faces of the other izinduna, which was as the shrinking before a great and terrible storm about to burst. Hau!
1907W.C. ScullyBy Veldt & Kopje 9‘We of the Radebe,’ shouted Mzondo..‘hau — there are none like us..’.
1923G.H. NichollsBayete! 118Hau! I’d like to strangle him.
1936Williams & MayI Am Black 60Lapozo said ‘Hau!’ and put his hand to his mouth looking at Shabala with admiration.
1941‘R. Roamer’ inBantu World 12 Apr. 4Hawu! They lose their tempers as well?
1960J. CopeTame Ox 20They say he is a tame ox. There he is, hau! hau! hau! a black maned lion among the herds!
1961T. MatshikizaChoc. for my Wife 61Hawu, Joe, you telling me to shut up when you wearing the best clothes from London’s bespoke tailors?
1971H. Stuart inThe 1820Vol.43No.12, 29I couldn’t translate R600 into Zulu so I told him 30 cattle. ‘Hau!’ he exclaimed. I can buy ten wives with that.’
1975S. Sepamla inNew ClassicNo.1, 11One day we heard we would be moved. Hawu! That was a shock to us.
1983Drum Jan. 40I can only mutter ‘hau’ and shake my woolly head...Citizenship in South Africa is mlungu copyright.
1989Personality 6 Mar. 34The locals in the valley form an integral part of the race. We heard them cheering for..one canoeist trying to surface after misjudging the weir at Duzi bridge — a loud ‘Hawu shaaame!’
an exclamation expressing any of a range of feelings, from the mildest to the most forceful, encompassing surprise, wonder, admiration, amusement, pleasure, anger, disapproval, disappointment, distress, sympathy, resignation, shock, and fear; au; auk.
Hence haunoun, the exclamation ‘hau’; as transitiveverb (nonce), to exclaim ‘hau’.
1941‘R. Roamer’ inBantu World 15 Feb. 5It is no use ‘hawu-ing’ me, Mr Roamer.
1968K. McMaghDinner of Herbs 22They loved the drum-major. He it was who called forth soft ‘Haus’ from the watching thousands.
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