Definition of tok-tokkie in English:


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Pronunciation: /tɒkˈtɒki

noun (plural tok-tokkies)

South African
  • 1 [mass noun] A children’s game that involves tricking a victim, especially by knocking on a door and running away before it is answered.
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    • She forgot the most elementary rule of tok-tokkie, which is to run like hell after you have knocked on the door, not stand around and actually tell the police you did the knocking.
  • 2A dark rounded African beetle which strikes its abdomen on the ground, making a rapid tapping sound to attract a mate.
    • Dichtha and other genera, family Tenebrionidae
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    • Busy, often burrowing insects such as tok-tokkies and sunspiders scuttle across the desert floor.
    • South African tok-tokkies drum their abdomens against soil and rocks to attract mates.
    • Many of the tok-tokkies prevent evaporation of water from their bodies by producing a waxy coating that keeps the water in.


early 20th century (in sense 2): Afrikaans, from Dutch tokken 'to tap', of imitative origin.

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