DSAE test file

rooinek, noun

Forms:
Also roinek.
Plurals:
rooineks, occasionally rooinekke /ˈrɔɪnekə/, /ˈrɔɪnɛkə/.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, rooi red + nek neck; see quotations 1924 and 1945.
Especially among Afrikaners (often derogatory): an Englishman; an English-speaking South African; also used humorously and affectionately by English-speakers of themselves; redneck; rooineck; soutie. Also attributive. See also khaki noun sense 1 b.
1891 J. Kelly Coming Revolt of Eng. in Tvl 6Those were..glorious times, when our gallant Burghers drove the Rooi Neks before them like sheep, and shot them down like rabbits. I was one of the stormers of Majuba.
1992 M. Calitz in Weekend Post 25 Apr. 13I respectfully wonder whether your correspondent..could be one of those ‘rooineks’ who have a paranoia about the English language.
an Englishman; an English-speaking South African; also used humorously and affectionately by English-speakers of themselves; redneck; rooineck; soutie. Also attributive.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

18911992