kiep, kiepie, noun

Forms:
kepi, kipShow more Also kepi, kip, kipi, kippie.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch kip, kipper chicken, hen.
1.
a. In the language of children: a chicken.
1866 E.L. Price Jrnls (1956) 224He alone feeds our fowls...He seeks his wee beker everywhere and runs to Monagen or whoever is at hand and says ‘Miri — beker! kepi’ & they never are hungry I am sure — our fowls...One day he took the beads to a man who brought [a fowl] & seeing the man give up the ‘kipi’ to him on the receipt of the beads, he is always busy at the bead box trying to get some.
1956 U. Long Jrnls of Elizabeth Lees Price 224‘Kepi’ is perhaps derived from the sound made when calling the chickens.
1970 M.E. Tamlin Informant, Cape TownKiepie. Fowl, child’s name for it.
1975 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 53‘Let’s go and see the kiepies,’ said Ann. They..stood hand-in-hand looking at the shabby, self-important chickens that milled about gossiping and complaining in a tiny hok.
b. In the reduplicated form kiep-kiep: a call to gather farm-yard chickens together; a child’s term for a chicken.
Note:
See note at now-now.
1907 J.P. Fitzpatrick Jock of Bushveld 94He would crow and cluck-cluck or kip-kip.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 89Kiep, kiep, An onomatopoetic expression, extensively used in Southern Africa, to call fowls together.
c1966 M. Jabour in New S. Afr. Writing 91It’s not sweets. It’s fowl food for Kosie’s Kiep Kiep.
1968 M. Muller Green Peaches Ripen 29When they heard her strange high-pitched cry ‘Kip! Kip! Kip! Kip!’, they’d appear from every direction — wings flapping, scraggy necks stretched out, running, flying and cackling.
2. combinations In the names of plants:
kiepiebos /-bɔs/ [Afrikaans bos bush], Sutherlandia frutescens or S. tomentosa;
kiepiemielie, kiepmielie /-ˌmiːli/ [Afrikaans mielie, see mealie], a variety of maize, Zea mays, the grain of which is used as poultry food; colloquial, popcorn;
kipkippers, also kiepkiepies, kip-kippies, a name given to several plants because of the appearance of their flowers or fruit, e.g. Nymania capensis, Gladiolus alatus, and Sutherlandia frutescens.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 49Sutherlandia frutescens (Kippie’bos).
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 290Kiepiebos, Sutherlandia frutescens; S. tomentosa.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 290Kiepmielie, Zea Mays,...A particular variety of which the grain is used as food for fowls (Afr.: kiepies), whence the vernacular name. The term ‘kiepie’ is derived from the Nederlands ‘kip’ (a fowl).
1973 Beeton & Dorner in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.4 No.2, 24Kiepiemielies,..means ‘chicken maize’, a variety of grain used as chicken food;..means ‘popcorn’.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 261Kip-kippies, A wild fuchsia-like flower is so called in Namaqualand.
1917 R. Marloth Dict. of Common Names of Plants 49Kipkippers (Kipkippies) meaning ‘chickens’. Gladiolus alatus (flowers); in other districts Nymania capensis (capsules). Also Sutherlandia frutescens (Kippie’bos).
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 290Kiepkiepies, Nymania capensis..see kipkippers. The vernacular name is strictly applied to the fruits only.
1966 C.A. Smith Common Names 291Kipkippers (-kippies), A name applied by children to several plants, chiefly on account of their fruits...In the two species of Sutherlandia, the vernacular name has reference to the resemblance of the bright red flowers to the wattles of fowls (Neth.: kipper).
a chicken.
a call to gather farm-yard chickens together; a child’s term for a chicken.
to make a clucking noise, especially in order to call chickens together.
Derivatives:
So kiep-kiep verb  intransitive, nonce, to make a clucking noise, especially in order to call chickens together.

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