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maar, conjunction and adverb

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘but’, ‘yet’, ‘only’, ‘just’.
A. conjunction. But, yet.
Often used to indicate that Afrikaans speech is being reported.
1892 The Jrnl 12 Jan. 3One day as he sat upon his stoep, he saw a number of bovines in the field. ‘Klaas’...‘Ja, baas’, ‘Take these cattle to the skit at once.’ ‘Maar baas –’ ‘Don’t baas me, take them off.’ ‘Maar, baas –’.
1982 M. Mzamane Children of Soweto 132I went there before coming here. Maar before that I’d been to Inhlazane.
B. adverb colloquial Often used redundantly.
1. rare. Used as an intensifier; cf. darem, only.
1913 A.B. Marchand Dirk, S. African 77 (Swart)The bearer of bad tidings is maar unwelcome.
1970 E. Mundell Informant, Pearston (E. Cape)The sheep are maar pretty thin.
2. Simply, merely, just. Cf. sommer.
a1931 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 167Ja, I used to have pains in my belly...The doctor said I’ve got maar a stone inside.
1991 TV1, 27 July (News)I suppose we’ll never be ready. We’re going to maar find out the hard way what to do.
But, yet.
Used as an intensifier; cf. darem, only.
Simply, merely, just.

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