1948O. WalkerKaffirs Are Lively 33The official delivered a homily on the dangers of moffie cattle — the Afrikaans word for soft breeds, unsuited to the tough African heat and veld, which derive from crossing with English stock.
2.slang.Of or pertaining to someone lacking in toughness, or to something perceived to be unmanly or ‘delicate’.
1990J. RosenthalWake Up Singing 39What kind of moffie headmaster doesn’t jack the boys?
1991Style May 95‘You!’ the sergeant-major screamed at him...‘You with the moffie clothes...’
1.offensive. A derogatory name for: a.an effeminate man;b.a homosexual man;c.a transvestite;d.a man perceived to be weak-spirited or lacking in the physical toughness associated by some with manliness. Also attributive.
Occasionally used also in general English (pronounced /ˈmɒfɪ/) in the sense of ‘effeminate man’.
1954Drum Jan. 12‘Madame’ (as Joey is known on the stage) leads a troupe of brilliant Coloured female impersonators who perform their popular ‘Moffee Concerts’ to packed houses.
1960D. LyttonGoddam White Man 27Moffies. They don’t like women but they like women’s clothes...But Achmed was not a proper moffie; he just liked fooling with boys. He didn’t have the moffie voice.
1971Post 23 May 18The life of Edward Shadi — described as a beautiful, sexy moffie with a sweet soprano voice — was a strange affair.
1977D. Muller inQuarry ’77 59Uncle Achmet saw two moffies holding hands..in Loop Street. The sight of the two effeminate young men, dressed in quasi-feminine clothing, caused the old man considerable disquiet.
1980Sunday Times 3 Feb. (Mag. Sect.) 4I’m a Gay, not a Pouf or a Moffie.
1982N.C. Lee inCape Times 9 Sept. 11 (letter)‘Moffie’ I understand to be a corruption of the old French ‘Maufé’, meaning bad fairy.
1986Cape Times 29 Jan. 3The transfusion service has erected signs..which state in bold letters: ‘If you are a “gay” or a “moffie” or have had sex with a “gay” or a “moffie” do not give blood.’
1987S. Bagley inCosmopolitan Dec. 168In self-defence, Cobus claims, the gays formed a ‘moffie-mafia’ a couple of years ago.
1988Adams & SuttnerWilliam Str. 7It is a world where the ‘moffie’ Rachmat (here the word denotes not so much a homosexual as an effeminate man, or a transvestite) is mocked but not excluded.
1992M. Gevisser inWeekly Mail 6 Mar. 30Any troepie who shows reticence or queasiness is branded a ‘moffie’.
1992K. Rutter inStyle May 46What’s important now is the phenomenon of the New Man...Paula probably thinks they’re moffies. And the rest of us post-Neanderthal feminists don’t believe the hype.
1992P. DobsonInformant, Cape TownMoffie,..Effeminate person, softie. eg. ‘Last one in’s a moffie’.
moffiegevaar/-xəˈfɑː(r)/nonce [Afrikaans, gevaar danger; by analogy with swart gevaar], ‘moffie peril’, used of attitudes or statements which incite fear or hatred of homosexuals.
1990M. Venables inWeekend Mail 5 Oct. 15Rooigevaar, Swartgevaar and even Moffiegevaar.
2. Denoting an animal: a hermaphrodite.
1971M. BritzInformant, GrahamstownWe had a pig that was a moffie — a real hermaphrodite.
1983C. Barnard inDaily Dispatch 21 Mar.A kind of fish species in which you can’t tell the difference between male and female. I think the South African word is moffie.
Of or pertaining to someone lacking in toughness, or to something perceived to be unmanly or ‘delicate’.
an effeminate man;
a homosexual man;
a man perceived to be weak-spirited or lacking in the physical toughness associated by some with manliness. Also attributive.
Hence (sense B 1) moffettenounnonce, a lesbian; moffiedomnoun, homosexuals collectively; the homosexual lifestyle.
1977Drum July 47 (caption)Moffies..have been engaged in meticulous research to trace their ancestors right back to the days of Van Riebeeck. Jackie Heyns gives..an exclusive insight into the early days of moffiedom.
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