AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, tak bough, branch + diminutive suffix -ie.
A small branch or twig. Also figurative, and occasionally tack.
1890A. MartinHome 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.
1900B. MitfordAletta 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.
[1946V. PohlAdventures 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.]
1971Informant, GrahamstownHaven’t we got some takkies to get this fire going?
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