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indoda, noun

Forms:
idoda, indodaShow more singular idoda, indoda, mdoda, ndoda, umdodi, umdodie; plural amadoda, amadodas, amadodo, amatontos, indodas, madoda.
Plurals:
usually amadoda.
Origin:
Xhosa, ZuluShow more Xhosa and Zulu (plural amadoda); vocative ndoda (plural madoda). For notes on plural forms, see ama- and in-.
Note:
Occasionally in diminutive form ndodana, amadodana [Xhosa and Zulu, diminutive suffix -ana].
1. A man; one who has been initiated into manhood; in some traditional African societies, especially one who has undergone ritual circumcision.
1835 A. Smith Diary (1940) II. 67The nation is divided into three classes — amadodo or amatontos, machaha and..boys who take care of cattle.
1988 Frontline Aug.Sept. 12The respect youth are expected to pay the fathers or amadoda.
2. Usually in the form ndoda (plural madoda): a form of address, ‘man’.
1976 Drum June 2Mlungu approaches a man and says — ‘Hey ndoda are you a Bantu or are you a Transkei citizen?’ Funny?
1994 [see hau].
A man; one who has been initiated into manhood; in some traditional African societies, especially one who has undergone ritual circumcision.
a form of address, ‘man’.

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