oumiesies, ou miesusShow more Also oumiesies, ou miesus, oumissis, and with initial capital(s).
AfrikaansShow more (Englished form of) Afrikaans oumiesies, ou old + miesies, see miesies.
The elderly female owner of a home, farm, or business, the employer of the servants and labourers who work there; an elderly white woman.In all senses also called ounooi (see nooi sense 1 c). Cf. oubaas.
a.A respectful form of address or reference.
1940E. Bright inBaumann & BrightLost Republic 221You, see, ou Missus, it was this way. When I was in the wrong, the ou baas said: ‘Simon, you have done so-and-so wrong’ and I saw his point.
1974D. RookeMargaretha de la Porte 122‘Do as he says. I will look after your nonnie.’ ‘I would like to go but it had better be the oumissis who tells me, not you.’
1977N. Okes inQuarry ’77 131Dr. Hopkins had come in then, followed by the Oumissus.
1979M. ParkesWheatlands 41An African maid, ‘Sophie’,..unfortunately suffered from a cleft palate and was almost unintelligible, but she and the ‘ou Miesus’ understood each other.
1982Sunday Times 21 Mar. 3Mr Felix said: ‘Bekke recognised us immediately and came charging up. The “ou missus” started crying and hugged the dog. My heart also melted when I saw how happy the mistress was to get the dog back again.’
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