randjie, noun

Forms:
randje, rankieShow more Also randje, rankie, rantje, rantjie.
Origin:
Afrikaans, South African DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier South African Dutch randje, randtje, diminutive form of rand (see rand).
A small ridge; a rise; cf. rand sense 1 a. See also bult, hoogte, koppie.
a1878 J. Montgomery Reminisc. (1981) 98I saw some wagons drawn up; these had shortly before come through the river, and were outspanned on the randjie.
1902 E. Hobhouse Brunt of War 285I do wish you could stand on the randje and watch it (sc. the concentration camp) for a few minutes. Your thoughts seem to overwhelm you, and you have to turn away.
1914 L.H. Brinkman Breath of Karroo 17Here and there a few kopjes relieved the monotony of the view, and every few miles, randjes, or low stony hills, stretched across the plains.
1917 A.W. Carter Informant, Ladybrand 20 Aug.Seeheim Junction..a dreadful place low down between randjes. On one of the ridges was an imposing building, the ‘Hotel Bellevue’.
1924 G. Baumann in Baumann & Bright Lost Republic (1940) 107The first inspection..showed me a beacon well up in a niche in a ‘rantje’ (small range of hills).
1940 V. Pohl Bushveld Adventures 17The eye can still trace the well-worn path where it runs down the rantjie.
1949 M. Leigh Cross of Fire 99The track climbed the randjie on which we stood and petered down again into the darkness and the gloom towards Matzana’s kraal.
1963 S. Cloete Rags of Glory 389They held kopje and rankie till they became untenable, and then slipped away on their veld-raised ponies.
1970 E. Chapman Informant, BloemfonteinThe farm house was built on a randjie overlooking the farm.
1984 Fair Lady 18 Apr. 84Because he knew every randjie and every kloof, his men were in position and ready for action hours before anyone else.
A small ridge; a rise;

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