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oupa, noun

Forms:
Also o'pa, ou'pa.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans (Dutch opa), from oud old + pa father. Cf. ou adjective sense 1 a.
Grandfather, grandpa; informally, any elderly man (but particularly an elderly Afrikaans man). Cf. ouma.
1. A respectful form of address or reference.
Note:
Sometimes substituted for the second person pronoun ‘you’, the respectful third-person form of address in Afrikaans (see quotation 1963).
1915 D. Fairbridge Torch Bearer 71‘Ou’pa has gone for a drive and Ou’ma is sick in bed,’ he said in jerky English.
1990 Fair Lady 6 June 110Our children have only benefited from having 24-hour grandparents. There is no pressure to visit Ouma and Oupa — they are there for the children and the children enjoy them.
2. A title, with a name.
1920 [see Nooitgedacht sense 1].
1979 Pace Sept. 28Oupa Hlongwane spend his day basking in the sun and wondering where the next meal will come from.
3. A common noun.
1945 Outspan 20 July 37I have shown my old film..in hundreds of towns and dorps right through South Africa..to the ooms and oupas of the platteland.
1977 M.P. Gwala Jol’iinkomo 31Heard a foreman say ‘boy’ to a labouring oupa.
4. Special Combinations
oupa clause, a provision in legislation allowing for the age of retirement to be extended in certain professions;
oupa juice, liquor.
1986 Financial Mail 17 Jan. 58Estate agents, quantity surveyors and architects were among those allowed to continue working in terms of the oupa clauses when legislation was introduced to control their professions.
1990 Sunday Star 11 Mar. (Mag. Sect.) 26A row of low built in cupboards against a wall hides a TV set.., three shelves of what Marais describes as his ‘Oupa juice’ and, finally, a built in fridge.
Grandfather, grandpa; informally, any elderly man (but particularly an elderly Afrikaans man).
A respectful form of address or reference.
A title, with a name.
A common noun.

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