The Alternative Afrikaans Dictionary

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Colourful extracts from Wiktionary. Slang, vulgarities, profanities, slurs, interjections, colloquialisms and more.


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  1. (slang) mad; crazy
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of begraafplaas
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  1. (informal) a homeless person in Cape Town
  2. diminutive of berg
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  1. low candle holder or candelabrum, usually with a flat foot
  2. (colloquial) bum; backside; ass exampleSit op jou blaker! Sit on your ass!
Synonyms: (backside) gat, (candle holder) kersblaker
bliksem etymology From Dutch bliksem.
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  1. damnit!
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  1. (uncountable, dated) lightning
  2. (colloquial) bastard, arsehole, sod
Synonyms: (electrical discharge) weerlig, blits
  • Due to the fact that this is also used as an expletive, the usage of this word to mean "lightning" has seen a steady decline. weerlig is more commonly used instead.
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  1. (colloquial) to hit, to beat up exampleEk sal jou bliksem! I will beat you up!
bok etymology From Dutch bok.
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  1. goat
  2. antelope, buck
  3. (slang) also bokkie My lover.
  4. vaulting-horse
  5. blunder
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  1. keen, willing
boks etymology Borrowing from English box.
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  1. box
  2. (uncountable, sport) boxing
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  1. to box; to fight with the fists, usually with protective gloves
  2. (colloquial) to strike; to punish; to hurt exampleKom hier uit voor ek jou boks! Get out of here before a hurt/punish you!
bul etymology From Dutch bul, from Middle Dutch bulle, from odt *bullo, from Proto-Germanic *bulô. Cognate with English bull.
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  1. bull
  2. (colloquial) a supporter of the Blue Bulls, a South African rugby team
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  1. box
  2. (vulgar) vagina, cunt
  3. (derogatory, slang) idiot, stupid person
Synonyms: (box) boks
draadtrek etymology From draad ‘wire’ + trek ‘pull’
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  1. (slang) to masturbate
elfste {{ordinalbox}}
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  1. (ordinal, colloquial, uncommon) alternative form of elfde
gat etymology From Dutch gat.
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  1. hole; perforation
  2. gap; opening exampleHy't 'n gat in sy opvoeding. He has a gap in his education.
  3. hole or hollowed out area used as a shelter or home by animals
  4. (figuratively) dump; a run-down living space, room or house exampleJinne! Jy bly in 'n gat! Man! You live in a dump!
  5. (golf) hole; cup
Synonyms: (gap) gaping, (golf) putjie
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  1. (vulgar) anus
  2. (crude) rump; buttocks; bum; ass; backside of a human exampleSit op jou gat! Sit on your ass!
  3. the backside of animals or objects exampleDie olifant staan met sy gat na ons toe. The elephant is standing with his backside turned to us.
Synonyms: (backside, ass) agterstewe, blaker, stert, (anus) hol, poephol
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of gisteraand
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of gisteraand
hoerboer etymology From hoer ‘whore, prostitute’ + boer ‘farmer’
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  1. (colloquial, informal) pimp
kaffer etymology See kaffir pronunciation
  • /ˈkafər/
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  1. (offensive) A black person, notably a (Southern African) Bantu.
Synonyms: kaffir
kak etymology From Dutch kakken (verb) and kak (noun).
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  1. (vulgar) shit
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  1. (vulgar) shit
kont etymology From Dutch kont.
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  1. (vulgar) cunt, female genitalia
  2. (vulgar) cunt, an extremely unpleasant or objectionable person
laasnag etymology From laas ‘last’ + nag ‘night’. Alternative forms: laas nag
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  1. (colloquial) last night; yesterday evening
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  1. (colloquial) last night
Synonyms: gisteraand
laas nag
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of laasnag
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of laasnag
leeu etymology From Dutch leeuw.
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  1. lion
  2. (colloquial) a supporter of the Lions, a South African rugby team
lekker etymology From Dutch lekker, akin to German lecker.
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  1. having a nice taste, tasty, good, delicious exampleDie kos het lekker gesmaak. The food tasted nice.
  2. good, fun, nice in a more generic sense exampleLekker tye. Fun times
  3. (informal) foxy, sexy exampleKyk na daai lekker ding Look at that foxy lady
The attribute form lekkere is considered somewhat archaic and only used for emphasis to show how good something is.
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  1. good, nice, fun in a more generic sense. exampleOns het lekker gespeel''. We played nicely. / We had a great time playing.
  2. good and hard or properly, badly exampleHy was lekker ingeloop. He was swindled badly. / He was properly swindled
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  1. yum!, yummy!, delicious!
  2. goody! hah!, used sarcastically to show disapproval, disrepect or contempt exampleLekker! Jy wou mos! You just wanted to do that, huh?
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  1. sweet, a piece of candy
  2. (uncountable) pleasure, enjoyment
Synonyms: (candy) lekkergoed, (enjoyment, pleasure) genot, (pleasure) lekkerte, (pleasure, satisfaction) plesier
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  1. walking, gait
  2. (of events) course
  3. (of guns) barrel
  4. (informal) business end (of a rifle, etc.)
  5. (music, usually in diminutive) run: a rapid passage in music, especially along a scale
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  1. to walk
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of maar
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of maar
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  1. dumb; stupid
  2. foolish exampleJy is onnosel deur nie jou navorsing te wil deel nie. You are foolish for not wanting to share your research.
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  1. foolishly
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  1. (informal) idiot, dumbass
etymology 1
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  1. (colloquial) alternative form of padda
  2. (crude, slang) vagina; female genitalia
etymology 2 From Portuguese parar.
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  1. (fishing) to stop a fishing boat and wait; to keep a boat in a certain position
  2. (fishing, imperative) row slower
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  1. (colloquial) extremely tired or listless
It is very rarely used attributively.
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  1. (colloquial, informal, rare) plural of perd
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  1. (slang, vulgar) penis or dick
poes pronunciation
  • /pus/
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  1. (vulgar) vagina; female genitalia
  2. (derogatory, slang) cunt; douche; a contemptible person
Synonyms: doos, kont
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  1. (geometry) sphere, orb, round object
  2. (figurative) atmosphere; ambit; region
  3. (informal) turf
slang {{was fwotd}} etymology Of uncertain origin, possibly from Dutch slang, from Middle Dutch slange, from odt slango, from Proto-Germanic *slangô, although OED discounts this. pronunciation
  • [slɑŋ]
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  1. snake; serpent
    • 1983, E. P. Groenewald et al. (translators), Bybel, Genesis 3:2: Die vrou het die slang geantwoord: “Ons mag eet van die vrugte van die bome in die tuin. The woman answered the serpent: “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden.
related terms:
  • grootslang
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  1. plural of slang
soutpiel etymology sout ‘salt’ + piel ‘penis’.
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  1. (vulgar, army slang) A South African with English/British heritage. So named for having one foot in South Africa, one foot in Britain and his penis dangling in the Atlantic.
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  1. broken
  2. (slang) drunk
Totty etymology A contraction of the Dutch Hottentot.
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  1. (slang, archaic) a Hottentot
    • 1859, “Only the elite of the party are here assembled; for it would be little short of sacrelige for a Totty or a Caffre to presume to enter these sacred precincts, or to join in the conversation of the master”, London, W. & R. Chambers, CHAMBERS'S JOURNAL OF POPULAR LITERATURE SCIENCE AND ARTS, William and Robert Chambers
    • 1879, “Between the Totty and the Kaffir a deadly hatred exists, the former seeming to have a natural love for hunting the latter.”, Griffith and Farran, Among the Zulus: The Adventures of Hans Sterk, South African Hunter and Pioneer, Alfred Wilks Drayson, page 338
voël etymology From Dutch vogel.
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  1. A bird.
  2. (slang) A penis.
water {{wikipedia}} etymology From Proto-Germanic *watōr, from Proto-Indo-European *wódr̥. pronunciation
  • /ˈvɑːtər/
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  1. water
  2. any artificial fluid similar to water
  3. (colloquial) urine
  4. any body of water, such as a river or a lake
  5. a disease where water is accumulated; hydrops
  6. (in the plural) a large quantity of water; inundation
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  1. to urinate
  2. to secrete liquid
ys etymology From Dutch ijs.
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  1. ice, frozen water
  2. (slang, drugs) ice, methamphetamine
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  1. a flavoured, frozen treat
  2. (colloquial) a drink, an alcoholic beverage Bring net 'n ysie en vleisie Just bring a drink and some meat

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