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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.
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.
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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