Definition of larney in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːni/
(also larnie) South African informal


Suggesting wealth and high status; smart and elegant: a really larney dinner party
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  • I always knew it as the Southernwood Quarry when I was a boy and rode around the area on my bicycle, but Selborne is much more larney and marketable!
  • The clothes can be larney as in ‘Gee, you are wearing larney clothes’ or ‘Why are you dressed so larney?’ or a high-class dinner do as in ‘We went to a larney party that had caviar for pudding.’
  • The prize, a very nice one too… two nights bed and breakfast at Fancourt, the larney golf estate outside George, with four rounds of golf thrown in for good measure.

noun (plural larneys or larnies)

1A white man: he spoke like a larney and was more European than the Europeans
1.1An employer or a member of the upper classes.
Example sentences
  • In Short Changed, Rhodes students and lively young actors from Grahamstown's Eluxolweni Shelter for Children tell a story about ordinary community folk and the larneys who make important decisions on their behalf.


From Isicamtho (a South African urban argot) lani(e) 'white man', of unknown ultimate origin; perhaps related to Malay rani 'rich'.

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