Definition of mealie in English:


(also mielie)


South African
  • 1A maize plant.

    ‘the mealies were as tall as my stretched arms’
    • ‘The trekkers also planted maize (which they called mielie, whence the African term ‘mealies') wherever they settled, and this soon came into cultivation by the Africans.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]Maize kernels; sweetcorn.
      [as modifier] ‘mealie pudding’
      • ‘Its meander begins at the railway siding and extends down the bleak R545 road to Bethal, passing between open-cast coal pits and dried-up mealie fields.’
      • ‘One of my earliest memories is of sitting at our kitchen table, talking to Gladys, my Zulu nanny, while a pot of mielie pap porridge bubbled on the stove.’
      sweetcorn, maize, corn on the cob, indian corn
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    2. 1.2A corncob.
      ‘they arrive each day to sell mealies’
      • ‘The farmer was selling mielies on his farm near the Blinkfontein road when four men in a black VW Golf with tinted windows robbed him of his cellphone and cash, then shot him.’
      • ‘Some sell mielies roasted in coal umbhawulas to locals, while others play soccer to pass the time.’


Early 19th century: from Afrikaans mielie, from Portuguese milho maize, millet from Latin milium.