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vaatjie Line breaks: vaa|tjie
Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪki/

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(also vatje)

Definition of vaatjie in English:


South African
A small cask for carrying water or wine.
Example sentences
  • He left his little vaatjie and other things with Mother, and set off.
  • This cost him three hundred pounds in cash, twenty-five guns, one salted horse and a vaatjie of brandy.
  • All they had were a few biscuits, and for water they had to depend on the lukewarm liquid left in the vaatjie hanging under the wagon.


Mid 19th century: Afrikaans, from vaat 'vat' + the diminutive suffix -tjie.

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