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neef, noun

Forms:
Also nief.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more South African Dutch, cousin, nephew.
In the reported speech of Afrikaans- or South African Dutch-speaking people:
1. ‘Cousin’, ‘nephew’: an informal term of address or reference to a male cousin or nephew, or to any younger man; nefie sense a; nephew sense a. See also niggie.
1838 J.E. Alexander Exped. into Int. I. 103The field-cornets and the farmers are all related or connected: every one is oom or neef (uncle or nephew) to his neighbour.
1993 K. Lemmer in Weekly Mail 18 June 12A neef of Oom Krisjan recently went to Shell House to claim some petrol money from the ANC accounts department.
2. A title, with a first name; nephew sense b.
1912 F. Bancroft Veldt Dwellers 175Then Tante Jacoba said: ‘Do not take it to heart, neef Petrus.’
1963 L. Abrahams (tr. of H.C. Bosman) in Unto Dust 36There was something dignified about his appearance that prevented me from calling him bluntly ‘neef Herklaas’.
‘Cousin’, ‘nephew’: an informal term of address or reference to a male cousin or nephew, or to any younger man; nefiea; nephewa.
A title, with a first name; nephewb.

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