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moegoe, noun

Forms:
moego, moggoeShow more Also moego, moggoe, mogo, mugu.
Plurals:
usually moegoes, occasionally ‖iimoegoe.
Origin:
Afrikaans, IsicamthoShow more Afrikaans and Isicamtho, perhaps adaptation of a Sintu (Bantu) word.
derogatory, colloquial
In urban (especially township) English: a country bumpkin or rustic; a dull, foolish, or gullible person; moegie. Also attributive. Cf. bari.
1953 Drum May 40They make sure, with their guns and knives, that they win everything or don’t lose too much to any ‘moggoe’.
1993 Pace July 54She was engaged to be married to a real moegoe — a weakling. This guy was as thin as a broomstick, short-sighted, and spoke with a squeaky voice.
a country bumpkin or rustic; a dull, foolish, or gullible person; moegie. Also attributive.
Derivatives:
Hence moegoe adjective, simple, stupid; distracted.
1974 in Eng. Usage in Sn Afr. Vol.5 No.1, 12The terms for this state of intoxication are transferred to describe anybody who normally appears to be slightly mugu (African origin ‘moegoe?’ = mad).
1986 Pace Aug. 4What of the Algerians who pulled the wool over some moegoe referee by feigning injuries.

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