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Etymology 1[edit]

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outa (plural outas)

  1. (South Africa) An old black man.
    • 1978, André Brink, Rumours of Rain, Vintage 2000, p. 133:
      As I stood to one side to let him go out, she asked: “Daddy, is he an uncle or an outa?”
    • 2001, South African Theatre Journal, vol. 15, p. 48:
      Secondly, there is an old black man, the Outa, who stumbles in from the dark to die beside their fire.
    • 2003, Antjie Krog, A Change of Tongue, p. 275:
      The reference is to a cheerful little ditty, in which an old black man, an ‘outa’, takes the long road to Mebosspruit, playing his tin guitar along the way.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variant forms.



  1. Alternative spelling of outta