sopie, noun

Forms:
soepie, soepjeShow more Also (especially formerly) soepie, soepje, soopee, soopie, soopje, sopi, sopje, soupé, soupee, soupi, soupie, soupje, soupke, soupkie, supe, supje, suppe, suppee, suppie, suppy, zoepie, zoopje, zoupie.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch zoopje a little glass, from zuipen to tipple or drink.
A drink, especially of spirits; a dram; a sip or small quantity of alcoholic drink. Also attributive. Cf. dop noun sense 3 a.
Note:
Quotation 1980 refers to the tot system (see tot noun2 sense 2).
[1696 W. Mountagu Holland 38The common Dutch are satisfied with a sopie of Brandy-Wine.]
1980 A. Paton Towards Mountain 117Part of the remuneration of the farm workers is the ‘sopie,’ the draught of sour inferior wine that is given to them three or four times a day...The sopie has been condemned by generation after generation of social workers, teachers, and ministers of religion.
A drink, especially of spirits; a dram; a sip or small quantity of alcoholic drink. Also attributive.

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