jaapie, jarpieShow more Also jaapie, jarpie, yarpie, yarpy, and (frequently) with initial capital.
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans personal name Japie, diminutive of Jaap ‘Jake’, derived from Jakobus James.
1.A contemptuous name for an Afrikaner.
1949O. WalkerWanton City 104Peter had the slighting word ‘rooinek’ flung in his ear...But the insult was either intended for, or intercepted by, another young man on his left, who halted and snarled something about ‘bloody Japies’.
1968Eng. Alive 63Another question that might be asked here is why do people refer to the Afrikaans speaking population of South Africa as ‘Dutchmen’ or ‘Japies’.
1980D. Beckett inBloody HorseNo.2, 14They’ve taken up with some new kids along the road who come from Welkom or somewhere and hardly even speak any English. You wouldn’t believe what Simon talks like now. He sounds like a real little Japie.
1968M. DoyleImpala 101He was a thirteen-year-old scholar and not a little bywoner ‘Japie’.
1984Sunday Tribune 22 July (Today) 4We encountered many people who thought we were absolutely stark raving mad to go and muck about in the wilds...Not only were you nuts but you were considered low-class: as in ‘these Japies obviously can’t afford to live in a hotel’.
1990C. LaffeatyFar Forbidden Plains 508Abel was a japie from the farm with cow dung between his toes and didn’t understand the ways of sophisticated city men.
1990D. Kramer inSunday Times 5 Aug. 13It’s part of the South African identity to dress like a Japie and speak with a guttural accent.
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