noun (plural Ossies or Ossis)informal, often derogatory
(In Germany) a citizen of the former German Democratic Republic. Compare with Wessi.
- After the initial tidal wave of western capitalist media (try watching German MTV), it seems that ‘Ossies ‘have become at least a little disillusioned with it all.
- Its the expansion of the West German hostility to Ossies now finding echoes in complaints from London tradesmen about Polish plumbers.
- The protest was just one sign of how deeply disenchanted many east Germans, ‘Ossies ‘, are with their west German, ‘Wessie ‘, neighbours and vice versa.
German, probably an abbreviation of Ostdeutsche 'East German'.
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