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oulap, adjective and noun

Forms:
Also (occasionally) ollap, ou’lap.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch oude lap, ‘old rag’, something of little value.
colloquial
A. adjective obs. Of little worth.
1908 E. London Dispatch 29 Sept. (Pettman)Writes a correspondent (says the ‘Worcester Standard’) from one of the ou’lap districts of the South-West.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 354Ou’lap,..The word is also used as an adjective in a disparaging sense.
B. noun Obs. exc. historical. A penny; a pennyworth. Cf. dubbeltje noun2 sense 2.
1912 Northern Post 20 June (Pettman)Sixpenny bits were a rarity, and the penny or oulap was a practically useless coin.
1981 Cape Times 10 Jan. 12Many of us will remember with affection the use of the colloquialism ou lap for a penny...The derivation is Nederlands oude lap, meaning something of little material value.
Of little worth.
A penny; a pennyworth.

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