kleinbaas, noun

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, klein little + baas, see baas.
See note at baas.
I. A common noun.
1. obsolete. One not fully in authority.
1896 E. Clairmonte Africander 15The next morning I went for a walk with Smith, who was the klein-baas of the farm. Klein-baas is the term used for the sub-manager, and ‘baas’ is the manager or proprietor.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 264Klein baas,..The designation given by farm labourers to the eldest son of the farmer, and also to a sub-manager.
2. baasie sense 2.
1910 D. Fairbridge That Which Hath Been (1913) 47Even with such childish songs did I sing the klein baas to sleep when he was a baby in my arms.
1913 D. Fairbridge Piet of Italy 8The klein baas will be drowned. Call Oom Magmoet. I can’t pull him out.
1963 D. Jacobson Through Wilderness (1977) 63How incredulous their friends must be to hear their stories about the kind white kleinbaas who gave them food and toys and clothing.
1973 S. Cloete Co. with Heart of Gold 122The old Kaffirs who remembered him would come up to greet the Klein Baas who had come back.
1988 J. Bentley in Style Apr. 30The Kadett GSE, a budget priced little brother to the top-of-the-range GSI. The latter having been dubbed The Boss in..advertising campaigns, it comes as no surprise that the small performance model has unofficially been called Kleinbaas.
1993 S. Dikeni in House & Leisure Nov. 42As a kid I walked into the Grobbelaars’ Spar, and the kleinbaas called me and asked if I was Magdalena’s child. I said, ‘Ja, baas’.
II. A form of address.
3. baasie sense 1 a.
1899 G.H. Russell Under Sjambok 259‘Ja, my Klein Baas,’ said the old man, rising from the ground, ‘Babijan will be quick for the young master, and he shall have of the best’.
1914 L.H. Brinkman Breath of Karroo 24The master of the house is addressed as ‘Ou baas’ and a young man, ‘Klein baas’.
1935 H.C. Bosman Mafeking Rd (1969) 73‘I can see you go far away, my kleinbaas,’ he said, ‘very far away over the great waters’.
1958 A. Sampson Treason Cage 148The Afrikaners forced the Africans, who were smaller,..to call them ‘klein baas’ — little boss.
1965 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 84I stopped him and I said, Greetings, Kleinbaas, remember Petros from the farm? I saw in those eyes that he remembered me, but he said, ‘Get out of my way, Kaffir!’ and he passed on.
1980 N. Ferreira Story of Afrikaner 41Do you still remember me as kleinbaas or do you despise that word?
1982 A.P. Brink Chain of Voices 85To all the others I was..superior — Baas or Kleinbaas, ‘Master’ or ‘Little Master’ to the slaves.
1992 C.M. Knox tr. of E. Van Heerden’s Mad Dog 67Old Pyp came up to me and grinned, ‘Face jus’ like an old Bushman, hey, kleinbaas?’
III. A title.
4. Used with a name.
1937 C.R. Prance Tante Rebella’s Saga 200In time he became a sort of ‘adjutant’ to Klein Baas Willem, Oom Willem’s son...Klein Baas Willem had succeeded to the title of ‘Oom Willem’ in his turn.
One not fully in authority.
baasie1 a.
Used with a name.
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