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- (South Africa, slang) A cigarette.
1997, Barney Simon, Born in the Rsa: Four Workshopped Plays, page 27:
- Husband's under water so she hassles with her laaities, starts lagging with her buddies and lights herself a gwaai.
2012, Jason Wallace, Out of Shadows, page 121:
- For a start, you will remember it whether you want to or not because I guarantee no other Haven teacher has come through the window and fired up a gwaai to start a lesson. They certainly didn't when I was a pupil here.
2013, Hagen Engler, Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren't Black, page 168:
- He'd say that every time a black guy would come up and ask him for a gwaai in isiXhosa. And it was obvious what the guys were asking for. I mean, I could even understand them. But it seemed important to him to not speak Xhosa […]