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.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 354Ou’lap,..A penny is often called an ‘ou’lap’, as being a coin of little worth.
1947 L.G. Green Tavern of Seas 14Some..coloured phrase-maker early last century fixed the penny forever as an ‘ou lap’ — valueless old rag.
1965 D. Marais in Cape Times 14 May (cartoon)No more penny, no more ollap, no more stuiwer and jus’ now no tickey. Jislike! The old Cape tradition is taking a beating.
1970 S. Smuts Informant, Cape TownThe young boy asked me for an oulap (penny).
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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