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moenie, verb

Also moeni, mooni.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, contraction of Dutch moet niet must not, do not.
1. Don’t; (you) mustn’t.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 321Moeni,..A contraction of moet niet = must not, do not.
1985 [see sukkel sense 2].
2. colloquial. In the verbal phrases moenie panic, moenie panic nie, moenie worry, moenie worry nie /-ni/ [Afrikaans moenie, moenie..nie don’t + English panic or worry], ‘don’t panic’, ‘don’t worry.’ See also alles sal regkom.
a1931 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 140I don’ know where is my fadder so moenie worry nie. My mother ran away from him.
1991 K. Owen in Sunday Times 26 May 27The break in negotiations will not, despite all the sound and fury, abort the process. Meanwhile moenie panic nie.
Don’t; (you) mustn’t.
‘don’t panic’, ‘don’t worry.’

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