takkie, noun2

Forms:
Also tackey.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, tak bough, branch + diminutive suffix -ie.
obsolescent
A small branch or twig. Also figurative, and occasionally tack.
1890 A. Martin Home Life 111It is impossible to walk about the camps unless armed with a weapon of defence called a ‘tackey’. This is simply a long and stout branch of mimosa, with thorns all left on at the end.
1896 Macowan & Pillans Manual of Prac. Orchard-Work at Cape 16Upon the top of this pebble-bed it is customary to put a layer of brush-wood or takkies, well battened down.
1900 B. Mitford Aletta 140‘Here, Gert. Give me the tack!’ he said. ‘That old brute is properly kwaai!’...‘I think he will leave us alone, so long, Gert,’ said Colvin, panting..for even the thorn-tack means of defence requires some skill and physical effort..against a full-grown and thoroughly savage male ostrich.
[1946 V. Pohl Adventures of Boer Family 10Frederick, who because of his small stature had earned the nickname of Takkie (a small branch) never looked for trouble, and was more minded to pour oil on troubled waters.]
1971 Informant, GrahamstownHaven’t we got some takkies to get this fire going?
A small branch or twig. Also figurative, and occasionally tack.
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