ranga

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Corruption of orangutan; popularised by the ABC television show, Summer Heights High (2007).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

ranga (plural rangas)

  1. (Australia, slang, pejorative) An orange-haired or red-haired person.
    • 2009, David Foster, Sons of the Rumour, unnumbered page,
      You′re looking down upon ‘rangas’ crossing at the traffic lights below. What a cheap but satisfying form of Dublin entertainment! With the sun out, the redheads of Dublin glow like copper wire.
    • 2010, Mungo MacCallum, Punch & Judy: The Double Disillusion Election of 2010, Large Print 16pt Edition, page ii,
      Indeed, Julia Eileen Gillard may not even be the country′s first ranga prime minister; since all the old ones appear only in black and white, we can′t tell.
    • 2010, Katrina Nannestad, Red Dirt Diary, HarperCollins Australia, unnumbered page,
      Fez′s resolutions: []
      3. I will not call Blue ‘Ranga Girl’.

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes used as a nickname or epithet.

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Irish[edit]

Noun[edit]

ranga

  1. genitive singular of rang

Rapa Nui[edit]

Noun[edit]

ranga

  1. war refugee, fugitive

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