noun (plural tsotsis)South African
1A young black urban criminal.
More example sentences
- He approached several black policemen (who were unarmed until the 1980s) who, when they spotted the tsotsis, starting running.
- Some writers describe situations where paranoid fears of crime and violence are dissolved by friendly warmth and wry smiles of supposed tsotsis instead.
- He remembers walking in downtown Joburg when, turning around, he noticed he was being followed by some tsotsis.
1940s: said to be a Sotho corruption of zoot suit.