jukskei, noun

Forms:
jeuk skei, juckscheeShow more Also jeuk skei, juckschee, jukschee, jukschei.
Plurals:
jukskeis, jukskeie /ˈjəkskeɪə/.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch juk yoke + schei (see skey).
1. skey sense 1.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 151The yokes are straight, and pierced with two pair of mortices to receive the jukschei which fits in loosely, and answer to what in English husbandry are called the bows: but are merely two straight pegs, one on each side of the ox’s neck, and having notches on their outer sides to receive the nek-strop (neck strap).
1871 Lord & Baines Shifts & Expedients 452Near each end are two mortices..through which to pass the ‘jeuk skeis’, or yoke keys, which keep it in place on the neck of the ox.
1947 F.C. Slater Sel. Poems 99I heard the rattle of chains and the creak of the jukskei. [Note] Small wooden shafts fitting into yokes.
1968 F.G. Butler Cape Charade 25I never tried to turn a jukskei into a saddle; and I’m not trying to pave military roads with cannon balls.
1971 Evening Post 27 Feb. (Mag. Sect.) 2A stinkwood yoke, with ‘jukskeis’, serves as a hat-stand.
2.
a. A game in which a bottle-shaped peg or ‘skey’ (see skey sense 2) is thrown at a stake planted in a sand pit. Also attributive. See also boeresport, skof noun2 sense 2.
1879 Cape Argus 11 Feb.Have game of juckschee and other recreations until supper time.
1939 J.C. Laas in H. Gibbs Twilight in S. Afr. (1950) 181Organizing gatherings such as target-practice.., playing jukskei, etc.
1942 Cape Times 10 Nov. 4Saturday’s jukskei results were as expected.
1950 S. De Wet Hour of Breath 69In the late afternoon we used to play Jukskei on the river bank below our houses.
1955 V. De Kock Fun They Had 70Jukskei, the popular game played with yoke-pins, is said by some to have its origin in the days of the Voortrekkers.
c1965 State of S. Afr. 1965 106A form of sport peculiar to South Africa is jukskei, a reminiscence of the pioneering days. It resembles deck-quoits and is played with wooden pegs, representing the pegs in the yoke of an ox, which the old pioneers did in fact use in their games.
1970 S. Afr. Panorama June 31The South African Jukskei Board defines the game of Jukskei as follows: ‘A game in which an object, known as a skey, is cast from a point, over a fixed distance, in the direction of and at another object, called the stake, which is planted in a sandpit’.
1982 Weekend Argus 10 Apr. 11Jukskei is played in America as South Africans play it, and it is called ‘jukskei’ there too...[American] Jukskei originated..after someone read about it in an encyclopaedia.
1984 R. De Beer in Sunday Times 7 Oct. (Life Style) 2That’s about it — apart from a very strong jukskei interest.
1990 S. Afr. Panorama JulyAug. 63Jukskei, which originated in South Africa, reflects a way of life that is closely intertwined with the Afrikaner’s history and his pioneering spirit.
b. skey sense 2.
[1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 81Jukskeigooi, A game..played by the Boers.]
1956 Cape Times 26 Jan. 1A few minutes after throwing about six practice jukskeie at the Newlands circus grounds..Mr. P.A. M—..dropped dead.
1972 Grocott’s Mail 20 Oct. 3His would be the choice of weapons. My own preference would be jukskeis at thirty paces.
skey1.
A game in which a bottle-shaped peg or ‘skey’ (see skey2) is thrown at a stake planted in a sand pit. Also attributive.
skey2.
Derivatives:
Hence jukskeier noun, one who plays the game of jukskei.
1991 Sunday Times 7 Apr. 26The sport is looking forward to the day when South African jukskeiers can, again, become part of the international fraternity.

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