Definition of duppy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəpē/

noun (plural duppies)

West Indian
A malevolent spirit or ghost.
Example sentences
  • To dispel my disappointment and any Irish duppies - ghosts - that might be hovering about we attacked the three hours scramble to the summit of Blue Mountain Peak.
  • Many folk beliefs involve methods for keeping ghosts, or duppies, from returning to haunt living people.
  • Children should not cry during the night though, because a duppy might steal the infant's voice, making it hoarse the next day.


Late 18th century: probably of West African origin.

Words that rhyme with duppy

guppy, puppy, yuppie

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Syllabification: dup·py

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