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From Nyunga yoka (woman).


yorga (plural yorgas)

  1. (Australian Aboriginal) A woman, especially an Aboriginal woman. [from 20th c.]
    • 1910, E. Hassell, My Dusky Friends
      At last he took a third york. She was a foolish young thing, but very fond of him ... he paid her more attention than the generality of husbands.
    • 1968, W. H. Douglas, Aboriginal Language of south-west Australia
      Yokas’ is ‘girls’ (Note the English plural suffix on yoka).
    • 1981, Archie Weller, Day of Dog
      ‘Not much work going ’ere, orright, drinkin’ gabba and smokin’. Where’s all the yorgas?’ Pretty Boy grins.
    • 1982, J. Davis, Kullark
      I’ll tell you what ’e’ll do, e’ll finish up marryin’ some Wetjala yok, ’ave blue-eyed kids and ’e won’t want nothing to do with us.
    • 1986, A. Weller, Going Home'
      ‘Yeah. Us blokes are fuckin’ muritch,’ said Morry lazily ... ‘Ssh, youse mob. Couple yorgas comin’ in.’
    • 1991, G. Ward, Unna you fullas
      Their mother had told them he met a yorga, whom he was mardong for.
    • 1996, Alf Taylor, ‘The Wool Pickers’, in Heiss & Minter, Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, Allen & Unwin 2008, p. 174:
      ‘Right,’ said the old fella, ‘I'll get the ute ready, an' tell Auntie Florrie you an' me goin' out. You tell your yorgah too.’