kaffertjie, noun

Forms:
Also kaffirkie, kaffirtjie.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, kaffer (see kaffir) + diminutive suffix -ie.
offensive
1. obsolete. [see quotation 1972.] The small lily-like plant Wurmbea spicata, with very dark flowers.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 243Kaffirtjies, The Riversdale name for Wurmbea capensis, Thun. The flowers are nearly black.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 266Kaffertjie, Wurmbea spicata...A cormous plant with a long underground neck.
1972 M.R. Levyns in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VI. 262The name kaffertjie..derives from the purple-black colour of the flowers.
2. obsolete. Any of three species of finch-larks of the genus Eremopterix.
1972 G.J. Broekhuysen in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VI. 262The males have a lot of black, hence the name ‘kaffertjie’.
3. An insulting term for a young black boy.
1975 Drum 8 Aug. 1He dished out posters..he had bought from those ‘kaffertjies’ who sell newspapers.
1980 A.J. Blignaut Dead End Rd 76You had better look after this kaffirkie. For if there’s any more nonsense, I’ll chain the pair of you to a wheel at night to watch over one another.
1982 Voice 6 June 4How do we Africans feel..being referred to as ‘kaffirtjies’?
1988 Cape Times 27 Jan. 1Mr Cruywagen denied that he referred to ‘kaffertjies’ in his lecture.
1991 Sunday Times 10 Nov. 7I saw the two kaffertjies walk right past us to the front. They sat on the floor.
The small lily-like plant Wurmbea spicata, with very dark flowers.
Any of three species of finch-larks of the genus Eremopterix.
An insulting term for a young black boy.
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