kennetjie, noun

kenneki, kennetjeShow more Also kenneki, kennetje, kennikie.
Afrikaans, East Frisian, Dutch, MalayShow more Afrikaans, perhaps from ken chin, or kenner master; or from East Frisian kunje, Dutch kien, kiene wedge; or from Malay kena to hit, + -ie.
The outdoor game ‘tipcat’; the peg, tapered at each end, with which the game is played. Also attributive. See also boeresport.
1861 P.B. Borcherds Auto-Biog. Mem. 21Relieved from school labour, I retired generally with my young school-fellows to the playground..where kite and ball, and the ‘kennetje’ game, amongst others, amused us.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 87Kennetjie,..Tip-cat, the popular boy’s game, is so called in South Africa.
1947 Cape Times 21 June (Weekend Mag.) 22Whether they were climbing in hedges..or playing kennetjie or marbles, the youthful Miss H— and her companions were like all healthy children.
1953 Cape Argus 28 Feb. 3On these grassy squares we played ‘rounders’ and on the paths marbles, tops, hop-scotch, and kennetje.
1958 R.E. Lighton Out of Strong 78He had to stop kennetjie because one morning Andries hit the bit of wood so hard that, whirring far, it struck Willempie..on his forehead so that the blood flowed.
1959 Cape Times 2 May 9A South African in England tells me that what they call kennetjie in the Boland is sweeping Lancashire, where it is known as tip-cat.
1969 D. Child Yesterday’s Children 36The kennetjie game..was a great favourite...Kennetjie or tip-cat was played with a piece of wood..tapered at both ends. It was laid on the ground and struck smartly on one end with a stick, to make it rebound in the air.
1971 Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. III. 190In his delightful memoirs P. B. Borcherds mentions the games of ‘kennetjie’ (tip-cat) in which he took the close of the 18th century...The kennetjie itself was a piece of wood about 5 inches..long and 112 diameter, tapered off at both ends.
1978 Staffrider Vol.1 No.4, 25I would rather have been outside playing the last round of kenneki hitting the stick high into the air, watching it arch and land in the mud of the street.
1985 T.R. Adlam in M. Fraser Jhb. Pioneer Jrnls 1888–1909 121‘Kennetjie’..was played with a small, cylindrical piece of wood, the ends being of conical form...Striking a pointed end sharply with a stick, caused the ‘kennetjie’ to jump up, spinning, from the ground and, while in mid-air, it was given a swipe with the stick. The winner of the game was he who got his ‘kennetjie’ across the playground with the least number of hits on the pointed end.
1990 Sunday Times 4 Feb. 17Points are gained by calculating the number of lengths the kennetjie is flicked from the groove...If a fielder catches the kennetjie, the batsman is out.
1990 R. Gool Cape Town Coolie 114Children were playing kennikie, tag, and a grim, intricate, District Six version of hopscotch.
The outdoor game ‘tipcat’; the peg, tapered at each end, with which the game is played. Also attributive.
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