Definition of samp in English:



mass nounUS, South African
  • Coarsely ground Indian corn, or a kind of porridge made from it.

    • ‘Apart from tasting traditional Xhosa food - from kudu steaks to samp and beans and stywe pap - the Canadians will be licking their fingers as they tuck into specially made Springbok wors.’
    • ‘Sour milk porridge with sugar for pudding, crumbly phutu squeezed into a ball with my fingers and dipped into gravy, samp (broken maize kernels) boiled with beans, all favourites, and the gastronomic mixing of cultures didn't end there.’
    • ‘The food was distributed after a short service and hymns, while token holders patiently queued to collect their parcels which consisted of mealie meal, flour, sugar, samp, beans, oil and salt.’
    • ‘Within no time at all, bags of mealie-meal, rice, samp & beans, sugar and vegetables started pouring in.’
    • ‘Yesterday more then 1200 children received a filling meal of samp and beans with tinned fish and vegetables.’
    • ‘It is a place where pap and samp are the only food their palates will ever know.’
    • ‘Celebrations could include large open parties with beer, samp or ngqushe, and meat, private cocktail parties for friends, and receptions that provided material for the society pages of the Golden City Post or the World in Johannesburg.’
    • ‘The cool sounds of he and his band made the meal of steak, vegetables, morogo and samp mielies go down smoothly.’
    • ‘This small restaurant, which serves up dishes of samp, dumplings and mutton, is proving to be a favourite breakfast and lunch destination for Braamfontein's students and office workers.’
    • ‘He said that a basket of basic food including oil, maize meal, sugar, samp, bread flour and rice which cost R126 this time last year now costs R202.’
    • ‘He was so hungry that he ate two helpings of samp and beans - his favorite - ‘nosh’, two lamb chops and a piece of boerewors.’
    • ‘Though the food may be simple at these events (everyone eats the samp and beef from communal basins), the hierarchies and ‘ranked strata’ that pertain at the funerals of the better off are cast aside.’


Mid 17th century: from Algonquian nasamp ‘softened by water’.