Definition of umfaan in English:
1(Among Xhosa-speaking people) a young man who has gone through initiation but is not yet married.
- The train was led by an umfaan, while at the back the ` guard’ sang along to the radio balanced on his head.
- The umfaans meantime collected wood and water and lit fires by using fire-drills worked between the palms of their hands.
- ‘Thank you umfaan,’ he said, taking off his old shoes and placing the new ones gently on his feet.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Spain
Most popular in Malaysia
Most popular in Pakistan