EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably borrowed from Afrikaans moffie (from "mofskaap", a castrated sheep), or 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]

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

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

AfrikaansEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Probably from French moufle

NounEdit

moffie (plural moffies)

  1. mitten

Etymology 2Edit

From mofskaap, a merino sheep

NounEdit

moffie (plural moffies)

  1. (often derogatory) homosexual man
    Synonym: gay