Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, EnglishShow more Contraction of the words for ‘policemen’ in various Sintu (Bantu) languages, e.g. Xhosa amapholisa, Zulu amaphoyisa, Tswana mapodisa, these in turn being derived from English police. The contraction probably originated in township slang.
The police; a policeman; a night watchman.
1970M. WeitzmanInformant, JohannesburgHe is a maposa at night at the factory.
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