moffie

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unknown, although probably borrowing from Afrikaans moffie. Possibly derived from mophrodite (a slang variant of hermaphrodite).[1] Other theories derive it from Afrikaans moffie ‎(mitten) or from English mauve but are considered tenuous and far-fetched.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

moffie ‎(plural moffies)

  1. (South Africa, derogatory, offensive) An effeminate homosexual man; faggot, fairy.
    • 2005, Verenia Keet, Colored Hill, page 78:
      Sometimes, they admonished their children in mock-protest for following and making fun of the moffies. "Go away," one moffie said in a shrilly[sic] voice, elaborately fanning out long painted scissors-like fingernails to scare the children away.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa (2013, ISBN 1136656022)

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The sense "mitten" is probably from French moufle; the sense "homosexual man" is of unclear origin (see above in the English section).

Noun[edit]

moffie ‎(plural moffies)

  1. mitten
  2. (often derogatory) homosexual man

Synonyms[edit]

  • (homosexual man): gay