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naartjie, noun and adjective

Forms:
naartje, naartjeeShow more Also naartje, naartjee, naartye, naatje, naatjee, narchet, nareteye, naretje, naretye, nartchie, nartjee, nartjie, nautjee.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African Dutch, TamilShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch, probably adaptation of Tamil nārattai citrus.
A. noun
1.
a. A soft, loose-skinned variety of tangerine or mandarin orange; the tree which bears it, Citrus reticulata of the Rutaceae. Also attributive.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. I. 34The citrons..and the oranges, especially that Kind called nareteyes, are excellent.
1994 G. Willoughby in Weekly Mail & Guardian 17 June 42He wins gold this year for his delicious naartjie liqueur.
b. With reference to the throwing of naartjies or their peel onto a rugby field to express disappointment (naartjies being easily obtainable during the rugby season).
1971 Rand Daily Mail 31 May 1It was Naartjie Day at Ellis Park on Saturday, when thousands of fans subjected fellow spectators to a hail of naartjie peels.
1991 I. Cook Informant, SpringsTake some naartjies to the rugby.
2. slang. In the expression to feel a naartjie, to feel a real naartjie, to feel like a fool, to feel an idiot.
1975 Blossom in Darling 9 Apr. 95Jislaaik, but you only feel a naartjie riding in the back of a truck with three drums of pig swill and a stack of moulting lucerne bales for company.
1977 Blossom in Darling 18 July 123Telling you, I felt a proper naartjie.
3. combination
Naartjie Republic nonce, ‘Banana republic’.
1982 Voice 1 Aug. 4We are too ready and willing to ridicule the rest of Africa with the contemptuous phraseology of ‘Banana Republics’, but our ‘Naartjie Republic’ is no great example of justice, dignity and freedom.
B. adjective Of the colour dark orange or tangerine.
1971 Daily Dispatch 16 Oct.Replacing the ‘naartjie’ hat is a chic bowler, decorated with an orange and blue airline emblem.
1987 G. Silber in Style Dec. 100I do not mind the dustbinmen, who wear naartjie overalls and whistle.
A soft, loose-skinned variety of tangerine or mandarin orange; the tree which bears it, Citrus reticulata of the Rutaceae. Also attributive.
With reference to the throwing of naartjies or their peel onto a rugby field to express disappointment (naartjies being easily obtainable during the rugby season).
to feel like a fool, to feel an idiot.
Of the colour dark orange or tangerine.

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