konza, verb

Also khonza, konsa.
Nguni khonza pay homage, serve, wait upon.
1. intransitive. To pay homage, show respect; often in the phrase to konza to (someone).
1836 N. Isaacs Trav. (1937) 123The people of the outer kraals..generally come to ‘conser,’ (pay their respects,) with the view of getting cattle.
1875 D. Leslie Among Zulus 93It is the custom for all the young men in the country to spend a few months every year ‘Konsaing,’ i.e. paying their respects at court; but..this means in fact that they have to hoe the King’s corn.
1895 H. Rider Haggard Nada 140Now the councillors and the captains of the People of the Axe konzaed to him whom they named the Slaughterer, doing homage to him as chief and holder of the axe.
1897 J.P. Fitzpatrick Outspan 14Mahaash was a big induna, and had about five to seven thousand fighting men. He used to konza to Umbandine, but paid merely nominal tribute, and was jolly independent.
1898 B. Mitford Induna’s Wife 130Is the Black Bull of the North growing old and weak that he sends to konza to the elephant who trumpets at Nkunkundhlovu?
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 276Konza, to,..To pay one’s respects to the chief; to act as a minister of the chief; to attend to the request or command of another.
1939 R.F.A. Hoernlé S. Afr. Native Policy 51The Native commoner is trained to khonza to his chief...Some of the forms in which this respect and submission have to be shown are, according to White notions, humiliating to a man’s self-respect.
1949 C. Bullock Rina 27You might meet Ratshatsha the BaXanwana Chief who won’t konza to us Boers, foolish fellow.
1949 O. Walker Proud Zulu (1951) 61Already there were..families who, when they came asking for land, ‘konza-ed,’ or paid homage in cattle for the right to build a hut and graze stock.
1982 Financial Mail 9 July 161The chief of the Tembe-Tonga is..now an old man...Tongas in Mozambique even today ‘Khonza’ (pay deference) to him.
2. transitive. rare. to konza (someone). To pay (a chief or king) homage; to show (a superior) respect.
1852 R.B. Struthers Hunting Jrnl (1991) 15An old man who used sometimes to go hunting with me at the lake came today saying he wanted to Konza (serve) us.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 104She sat quietly in her mountain kraal...Her indunas konza-d her. They sang praises of their queen.
3. combinations
konza name, a courtesy title.
1937 B.H. Dicke Bush Speaks 35If, in time, Schiel has proved himself as great chief, the natives might have accorded him, as one of his ‘konza’-names, the name of Cetywayo, (Konza-names are respect-titles). [Note] Konza-Names: The Bantu consider it disrespectful to address a man by the name they have given him. Therefore, ‘konza-names’ are invented, i.e. courtesy-titles.
1939 R.F.A. Hoernlé S. Afr. Native Policy 51The transfer of the khonza-attitude from the chief, as its object, to a White superior has a natural basis in Native tribal tradition.
1952 H. Klein Land of Silver Mist 172The tribesmen,..in the ordinary course of events, first gauge a man’s capabilities and character before bestowing a konza name (courtesy title).
To pay homage, show respect; often in the phrase to konza to (someone).
To pay (a chief or king) homage; to show (a superior) respect.
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