trekkie, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, trek (see trek noun) + diminutive suffix -ie.
A small party of persons travelling by ox wagon. Cf. trek noun sense 6. Also attributive, and transferred sense, a migratory bird.
Note:
‘Trekkie’ in U.S. and British English is ‘an admirer of the U.S. science fiction television programme Star Trek; hence, a space-traveller; one interested (trivially) in space travel.’ (OED, second edition). This sense is not generally known in South Africa.
1888 J. Bird (tr. of D.P. Bezuidenhout) in Annals of Natal I. 367A small ‘trekkie’ (party of emigrants) had preceded us.
1937 F.B. Young They Seek a Country 413At each farm..the trekkie halted and one or two of the men rode over to pay their respects.
1953 J. Collin-Smith Locusts & Wild Honey I. 10We had inspanned the sixteen oxen, and the wagon wheels had turned, and the little trekkie had started away.
1959 J. Packer High Roof 193Swallows swooped and twittered, gathering for their seasonal migration. How many of the winged trekkies would get through?
1985 Sunday Times 1 Sept. (Mag. Sect.) 12Once a year he, and about 100 friends sold on the ‘trekkie’ lifestyle, would rekindle the pioneering past by spending five days trundling through the Agatha Mountains on the old transport road.
A small party of persons travelling by ox wagon.

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