AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, trek (see treknoun) + diminutive suffix -ie.
A small party of persons travelling by ox wagon.Cf. treknoun sense 6. Also attributive, and transferred sense, a migratory bird.
‘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.
1888J. Bird(tr. of D.P. Bezuidenhout) inAnnals of NatalI. 367A small ‘trekkie’ (party of emigrants) had preceded us.
1937F.B. YoungThey Seek a Country 413At each farm..the trekkie halted and one or two of the men rode over to pay their respects.
1953J. Collin-SmithLocusts & Wild HoneyI. 10We had inspanned the sixteen oxen, and the wagon wheels had turned, and the little trekkie had started away.
1959J. PackerHigh Roof 193Swallows swooped and twittered, gathering for their seasonal migration. How many of the winged trekkies would get through?
1985Sunday 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.
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