stompie, noun

AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, stomp stump + -ie.
a. A cigarette or cigar butt; a half-smoked cigarette, kept for later use; entjie sense a. Also figurative (rare), a small, worthless remnant.
1947 L. Abrahams in B. Sachs Herman Charles Bosman (1971) 235‘Izaks! Izaks! come here!’ This to a skinny, sullen-looking boy wearing blue, patch-seated pants, smoking greedily a crushed ‘stompie.’ ‘My baas?’ He stubbed out the ‘stompie’ on the kerb.
1949 H.C. Bosman Cold Stone Jug (1969) 47You held it to your lips with a needle, because the stompie wasn’t long enough to be held in your fingers.
1950 E. Partridge Dict. of Underworld 691Stompie, a cigarette butt: S. Africa.
1951 E. Partridge in L. Abrahams Makapan’s Caves (1987) 134Everybody thinks that the lawyer did it, because of the cigar stompie the police found in the garden.
1959 J. Meiring Candle in Wind 3The fisherman..lounged irritably and restlessly on their rickety beds, smoking their pipes or ‘stompies’, and gazing up at the smoke-blackened ceilings.
1965 J. Bennett Hawk Alone 199That stompie would have started a fire. Bush’s pretty dry around here.
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 36The whiteman stopped the bulldozer and smoked a cigarette...He threw me the stompie.
1975 S. Roberts Outside Life’s Feast 27I must get outside because the stink of stale brandy and piss and old stompies will not let me breathe.
1980 A. Paton Towards Mountain 34He would come back into class..smelling powerfully of tobacco smoke. The smell was made worse by his habit of keeping stompies in his pocket, a stompie being a cigarette not fully smoked, then stubbed out, and stored away for future use.
1985 D. Kramer in Cosmopolitan May 102That lipstick-stained stompie was a treasure I kept hidden in a matchbox under a stone in our garden.
1987 S.A. Botha in Frontline Oct.Nov. 14Can’t you see we’re just stompies in an ashtray and that one day some mother is going to kill a big fat burning cigar right on your head?
1992 R. Cutler in Sunday Times 17 May 15The thing that irritates me an open ashtray...You’re having a wonderful gourmet dinner, then suddenly there is this hideous sight of the curled-up stompies killing the bouquet of the Chardonnay.
1993 Pace July 54He found a stompie and lit up, cupping his hands around the flame.
b. (In pl.) In the idiomatic expression to pick up stompies [cf. British English to pick up fag-ends]: to break into a conversation, having heard only the tail-end of a story or discussion.
1970 Informant, GrahamstownDon’t pick up stompies and you won’t burn your fingers.
1970 Informant, GrahamstownThe little girl picked up a stompie during the conversation. (Something not for her ears.)
1991 Informant, DurbanThree days ago he heard Marie skinnering to her maat...She told him not to pick up stompies.
1993 N. Jardine Informant, Grahamstown‘Picking up stompies’ i.e. joining a conversation in ignorance of the subject being discussed.
c. comb.
stompie throw nonce [formed by analogy with general English stone’s throw], a short distance.
1986 Style Feb.‘Luckily,’ — he gestures out of the window — ‘the library is a stompie throw away from my office.’
2. A stump or end (of a candle, vine, etc.); entjie sense b.
1966 I. Vaughan These Were my Yesterdays 78Eat food in the huge diningroom by only light that did not fail. Go to bed with two candle stompies ‘cookie’ found in scullery.
1989 E. Platter in Style Aug. 106A fire (and for a Cape Master of Wine..vine stompies are the most appropriate fuel) must be made before the crayfish can be steamed.
A cigarette or cigar butt; a half-smoked cigarette, kept for later use; entjiea. Also figurative (rare), a small, worthless remnant.
to break into a conversation, having heard only the tail-end of a story or discussion.
a short distance
A stump or end (of a candle, vine, etc.); entjieb.
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