Definition of duppy in English:

duppy

Syllabification: dup·py
Pronunciation: /ˈdəpē
 
/

noun (plural duppies)

West Indian
  • A malevolent spirit or ghost.
    More 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.

Origin

late 18th century: probably of West African origin.

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