tjorrie, noun

Forms:
chorrie, tjorShow more Also chorrie, tjor, tjorr.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans tjor, tjorrie.
colloquial
A dilapidated motor car or other vehicle; a ‘jalopy’; skedonk; skorokoro. Also transferred sense.
1961 D. Bee Children of Yesterday 91That old tjorrie goes very well and I’ve always liked a V8.
1970 Daily Dispatch 10 Dec. 16 (caption)But, dear, I’m sure we parked the old chorrie right here.
1973 D.A.C. Maclennan in Bolt No.7, 22Breakfast with my cat, get into the old chorrie and drive off to school.
1975 Sunday Times 21 Sept. 20Any tjorrie tied together with faith, hope and bits of string can get through the safety checks on this road, provided it’s driven by a White.
1977 Het Suid-Western 4 Oct.These dealers get their prices for these tjorrs. For instance, a little Fiat Nuova 500 that sounds like a sewing machine.
1982 Cape Times 11 Oct.I went straight to town and bought Pikkie the finest kite I could find...Within days..Pikkie was again flying his old tjorrie with the rag tail and knotted snoek line.
1983 G. Silber in Sunday Times 28 Aug. (Mag. Sect.) 17You drive in the gate, which is guarded by this snarling, grey concrete panther, and you park your tjorrie there under the trees.
1990 Informant, GrahamstownSo..this is your old chorrie, is it?
A dilapidated motor car or other vehicle; a ‘jalopy’; skedonk; skorokoro. Also transferred sense.

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