One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural lightiesSouth African
A boy or young male adult.
child, baby, infant, son, daughter, youngster, little one, tot, tiny totView synonyms
- ‘‘This lighty (little one) called Mnisi will taste my power come April 5,’ he said amid deafening applause from a packed hall.’
Apparently from the adjective light from light of heart + -y; the variant laaitie shows Afrikaans influence.
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