verlep, adjective

Forms:
Also verlept.
Origin:
Afrikaans
colloquial
Faded, wilted. Also figurative.
1971 M.E. Greenblo Informant, Cape TownThe poor chicken — what she didn’t do to it! By the time she’d finished cleaning it it was verlep.
1971 Informant, GrahamstownYou started off with great vigour but at the end you sounded — well, all I can say is, ‘verlep’.
1973 M.G. McCoy Informant, Port ElizabethI’ve made marmalade! June bought me Rex Union oranges...They were a bit verlep so I added some of your lemons & it has jelled beautifully.
1978 P. Branford Informant, GrahamstownThe lettuces don’t look edible — they’re pretty verlep.
1982 I.H. Klevansky Kugel Book 7Doll, the steak looks terrible tonight. Ja, and what about those slup chips? The salads look a bit verlept too!
1990 C. Maxwell Informant, GrahamstownThe carnation is getting a bit verlep so now I have to hang it upside down to dry.
1991 K. Sullivan Informant, Cape TownMy plants are all verlep after the heat today.
Faded, wilted. Also figurative.

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