One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A postman or postwoman.
- ‘In exchange the posties were rewarded with a five-day week and the promise of a pay increase when individual offices made a substantial reduction in staff and met a target for delivery.’
- ‘In order to meet them posties delivering mail by scooter have been forced to exceed legal speed limits, putting themselves and pedestrians at risk.’
- ‘I'll admit that I did see him on television the other night, acting as a postie and trying to deliver a letter to some daft Tory candidate who had forged a picture on his election address.’
- ‘But he said that 99.9 per cent of the time, posties with letters still undelivered at the end of their shift would still deliver them.’
- ‘Sadly, the card wasn't for me and neither were the cheques, but the postie had dropped them through my letterbox because the address on the envelope looked like mine.’
- ‘Paul changed the blog to P.739 in order to be able to discuss postal issues from a postie's point of view.’
- ‘When will posties learn that mail should be treated gently?’
- ‘Two weeks ago the Daily Echo told how a bag of undelivered mail was dumped in the street because the temporary postie did not have a key to the drop-off point.’
- ‘We have told how posties found undelivered mail piling up in sorting offices and how city events that depended on post getting through have been scuppered.’
- ‘These savings are being ploughed back into improving the basic pay of posties ensuring staff in areas that have implemented the changes successfully have a basic pay of £300 per week.’
- ‘You will not find posties cycling on many pavements on main roads, although with the traffic being a far greater danger than pedestrians, one could not blame them.’
- ‘The posties get treated a bit like Santa at this time of year: ‘Mince pies, cups of tea, everything,’.’
- ‘What intrigues me is why the postie didn't just throw the letter away.’
- ‘It has caused fury among Kellington's 850 residents, who will present a petition to Royal Mail to try to get their favourite postie reinstated.’
- ‘But for more than 15 years they have often given the town's posties a bit of a battering with vaguely addressed postcards.’
- ‘Royal Mail has admitted there have been difficulties in implementing the new one-delivery-a-day system, with posties having to go back out for an unofficial second delivery.’
- ‘Only would be better if the postie could be bothered to put them through the letterbox.’
- ‘Most posties have a real pride in their work but this is being eroded by management decisions which have proved not to be in the public's favour, least of all the postperson's.’
- ‘Increased safety measures by Royal Mail will soon mean cycling posties in Harold will be wearing crash helmets.’
- ‘He said white socks on posties have not been banned, but the company recommends black or dark blue coloured feet-covers, presumably to colour co-ordinate with their uniforms.’
Late 19th century: abbreviation.
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