Entry from British & World English dictionary
Definition of vaatjie in English:
A small cask for carrying water or wine.
- Two men met us this forenoon with two calabashes of sweet milk, which we deposited in one of the water-vatjes.
- Just to oblige you, I give you the vatje and you give me the girl!
- With Temperance Societies and the stimulating music of the Blue Ribbon Army, there would be fewer clients to make an illegal purchase of a brandy vaatjie in a backstreet.
Mid 19th century: Afrikaans, from vaat 'vat' + the diminutive suffix -tjie.
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