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nooi, noun

/nɔɪ/, /nuɪ/
Forms:
noë, nôiShow more Also noë, nôi, noi, noie, noy.
Origin:
South African Dutch, Malay, PortugueseShow more South African Dutch, perhaps from Malay njonja, njonjah, nonja, nona (see nonna); or, as claimed by Mansvelt (Idioticon, 1884), from Portuguese noiva bride.
1.
a. missus sense 1 a.
Note:
Sometimes substituted for the second person pronoun ‘you’, reflecting the respectful mode of address in Afrikaans.
1850 R.G.G. Cumming Hunter’s Life I. 54The kind-hearted noë, or lady of the farm, commiserating my condition,..informed me that she had an excellent recipe for sunburn.
1968 K. McMagh Dinner of Herbs 56The servant came hurrying back to say that the man had gone, but the nooi must just come and seen the bed!
b. missus sense 2 a.
1917 S.T. Plaatje Native Life 86‘Well, Nooi,’ assented the Natives with some relief, ‘if you say it is all right, then it must be so.’
1982 A.P. Brink Chain of Voices 124To me he was subservient. Yes, Nooi, No, Nooi. Right, Nooi. If you say so, Nooi.
c. With qualifying word indicating age:
kleinnooi /ˈkleɪn-/ [Afrikaans, klein small, young], nonnie sense a;
ounooi /ˈəʊ-/ [Afrikaans, ou old], oumissus.
Note:
Sometimes substituted for the second person pronoun ‘you’, reflecting the respectful mode of address in Afrikaans.
1913 A.B. Marchand Dirk, S. African 361 (Swart)‘Bridge is a falling klein nooi, so I heard,’ said old Piet.
1984 Fair Lady 14 Nov. 164The ounooi’s memory had died even before she had, with her two bottles a day.
2. An unmarried (Afrikaans) woman or girl; nooientjie. Occasionally also with qualifying word, boerenooi /ˈbuːrənɔɪ/, /-nuɪ/ [Afrikaans, boere Afrikaans]. Also attributive. Cf. nonnie sense a.
1851 N.J. Merriman Cape Jrnls (1957) 174I could easily tell tales..about divers slaps and opprobrious words which I have witnessed an angry Noie bestow occasionally on these little creatures.
1990 M. Stansfield in Sunday Times 1 July 3Seretse’s son wins a boerenooi bride. An Afrikaner convent girl from Rustenburg is to marry into one of black Africa’s aristocratic families.
3. A girlfriend or sweetheart.
1963 R. Gedye in C.M. Booysen Tales of S. Afr. 160He had asked her once, when he was just fourteen, to be his nooi, always.
1963 J. Packer Home from Sea 108A father can get twenty to thirty head of cattle for a good and beautiful girl. Cyrus, you’d have had to pay thirty beasts for your blond nooi.
missus1 a.
missus2 a.
An unmarried (Afrikaans) woman or girl; nooientjie. Occasionally also with qualifying word, boerenooiˈbuːrənɔɪ-nuɪ, boere Afrikaans. Also attributive.
A girlfriend or sweetheart.

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