laaitie, laaityShow more Also laaitie, laaity, laitie, lightee, lightie, litie.
English, AfrikaansShow more ‘App. ex English adj. light (of heart, mind, head)’ (E. Partridge, Dict. of Underworld, 1950) + English (informal) noun-forming suffix -y. The -aai- and -ai- forms show the influence of Afrikaans.
1.A (male) child, adolescent, or young adult.
1946Cape Times inE. PartridgeDict. of Underworld (1950) 409No ‘lighty’..should presume to call her a ‘jintoe’..the lighty would be guilty of using ‘opposite’ (obscene) language.
1975E. Prov. Herald 8 Aug. 1Witnesses further alleged that prisoners at St Albans had rank systems within gangs, and the lowest ranks, called ‘lighties’, were used by senior convicts for acts of sodomy.
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