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mak, adjective

/mak/
Forms:
Also maak.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch.
colloquial
1. Docile, tame, tractable.
[1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 227They were Bushmen belonging to a kraal near the Zak river. The people of this horde being in amity with the boors, were therefore denominated Makke Boschjemans (Tame Bushmen).]
1977 Sunday Times 13 Nov. 16For years the Progs have been accused of attracting only ‘mak Afrikaners’ to their ranks.
2. In the special collocation mak Engels, mak Engelse /- ˈɛŋəls(ə)/ [Afrikaans, Engels English (plural -e)], white South African English-speakers who either support the National Party or are ineffectual in their efforts to oppose it. See also Engels noun sense 2 a.
1948 P.V.G. Van der Byl in Hansard 20 Jan. 111Should it bring them into power they will then pick up the hidden Republican policy and deal with the English-speaking section and particularly the ‘mak-Engels’ who were foolish enough to vote for them.
1978 Sunday Times 19 Mar. 10Mr Kruger is deliberately having a crack at Natal. One of these days the so-called ‘mak-Engelse’ (tame English) will tell the likes of Jimmy Kruger where to get off.
Docile, tame, tractable.
white South African English-speakers who either support the National Party or are ineffectual in their efforts to oppose it.

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