mak, adjective

/mak/
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Also maak.
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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).]
[1846 R. Moffat Missionary Labours 30‘Why!’ I asked, ‘did you not bring her sooner?’ ‘She was afraid to see you, and would not come, till I assured her that you were a maak mensche.’]
1937 C.R. Prance Tante Rebella’s Saga 153The Police Commandant might be so ‘mak’ and friendly as almost to entitle him to rank as ‘een van onse mense’ — one of us.
1963 S. Cloete Rags of Glory 427An ox, a gelding, a hamel, a cut thing, mak, tame, able to make war on women.
1970 News/Check 4 Sept. 31Rowan is no radical. He is the South African equivalent of a Mak Sap.
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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