oompie, noun

Forms:
Also omie, oomie.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, oompie a patronising or condescending diminutive form of oom (see oom, and -ie), or omie the diminutive form of oom, used especially by children.
An affectionate or patronising diminutive of oom.
Note:
English-speakers have tended to blur the distinction between these two diminutive forms.
1. As a common noun: an affectionate or patronising term for a man, particularly an older man. Cf. oom sense 3.
1900 O. Osborne In Land of Boers 315Opulent, simple-minded, old Dutch ‘oompies’, inveigled at last from the seclusion of their distant ‘boerenplaats’ to visit the wonders of the Northern Old World.
1963 M. Kavanagh We Merry Peasants 14We became such regulars that an old Omie (Uncle) at the goods shed where we had to offload, would chant a welcome as we arrived.
[1971 Sunday Times 19 Dec. 5A broadly smiling man who witnessed the commotion..said..that ‘die omie’ seemed to have forgotten about Jan van Riebeeck’s long hair.]
1975 Sunday Times 21 Sept. 20Neither will it help your case to tell the oomie from Tweeling that the more things change the more they remain the same.
1983 Daily Dispatch 7 Mar. 1You could see the mampoer drinkers...They were the ones who slipped off to the still at intervals to ‘check the fire’ — ha! Pretty soon there were a number of slack-eyed oomies leaning against the barn pillars.
1984 Frontline Feb. 27Pipe-smoking Oomies in the slopes of the Water-berg who read High-Dutch copies of the Old Testament out loud before aandete.
1987 Pace Sept. 33All those tannies and oompies, maids and servants invade the Banana City in hordes for the July, pinning their hopes on a horse and a jockey.
1987 K. De Boer in Frontline May 37‘En waar stem jy, Boetie?’ eventually comes the inevitable question. I tell him in which constituency, hoping to buy peace. My evasiveness annoys the omie. No man, for which party?
2.
a. An affectionate or patronising form of address or reference to any man older than the speaker. Cf. oom sense 2.
1954 M. Kuttel Quadrilles & Konfyt 53He was much older than she was — a short man affectionately called ‘Oompie’ by the Duckitts.
1965 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 38I borrowed a bicycle from a tenant of ours we called simply ‘Oompie’ — uncle — when he was not using it on his rounds..collecting numbers from gamblers for the Chinaman’s fah fee.
b. As a title, with a name: an affectionate title for an older man. Cf. oom sense 1 a.
1966 M. Kuttel Hildegonda Duckitt’s Bk of Recipes 5Her sister Annie and her husband ‘Oompie’ van Renen.
1979 Fair Lady 9 May 202Jakkie was hiding in the wardrobe in oompie Tata’s house.
1980 E. Joubert Long Journey of Poppie Nongena 12The children were oompie Kaffertjie and oompie Domani and grootma Martha and grootma Mieta and Lena who was our own ma, and then kleinma Hessie and oompie Sam and oompie Pengi, ouma Hannie’s last born, her dry-teat child, her t’koutjie, as the Namas say...Oompie is uncle.
An affectionate or patronising diminutive of oom.
an affectionate or patronising term for a man, particularly an older man.
An affectionate or patronising form of address or reference to any man older than the speaker.
an affectionate title for an older man.

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