schreik, schrickShow more Also schreik, schrick, schrijk, scrick, skrick.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch schrick fear, terror.
1.A fright; used especially in the phrasesto get a skrik, to have a skrik, to give (someone) a skrik, and (slang) to catch a skrik.
1887A.A. Anderson25 Yrs in WaggonI. 21The waggon had been gone half-an-hour when they heard the rattling of wheels in a manner which made them think that the oxen must have had a ‘scrick’ (scare) from a lion.
1901T.R. Adlam inM. FraserJhb. Pioneer Jrnls 1888–1909 (1985) 94A small card nailed above the knocker incribed thus: ‘Jules Matern, Bertha Schrink’ (followed by names of six coolies). This gave me a ‘skrick’. Who was Bertha S. and were the coolies living in my house?
1903D. BlackburnBurgher Quixote 243For a moment I got a great schrick, thinking he might be dead, and that they had come to arrest me.
1913C. PettmanAfricanderisms 432Schrik,..A start, a fright. The word is in common use, both as a noun and as a verb, all over South Africa.
1913J.J. DokeSecret City 255How you do frighten me. You gave me quite a schrik.
1943F.H. RoseKruger’s Wagon 139Next moment I experience what we Dutch call a ‘skrik’. But it was more than a mere start: it was a shock so sudden and overwhelming that...I was completely unprepared for it.
1946S. CloeteAfr. Portraits 322He certainly — to use a Boer word — gave them all a good ‘skrik’ — a fright.
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