1963M. KavanaghWe 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.
[1971Sunday 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.]
1975Sunday 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.
1983Daily 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.
1984Frontline Feb. 27Pipe-smoking Oomies in the slopes of the Water-berg who read High-Dutch copies of the Old Testament out loud before aandete.
1987Pace 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’ inFrontline 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?
a.An affectionate or patronising form of address or reference to any man older than the speaker.Cf. oom sense 2.
1954M. KuttelQuadrilles & Konfyt 53He was much older than she was — a short man affectionately called ‘Oompie’ by the Duckitts.
1965E. MphahleleDown 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.
1979Fair Lady 9 May 202Jakkie was hiding in the wardrobe in oompie Tata’s house.
1980E. JoubertLong 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.
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