bak·​kie | \ ˈba-kē How to pronounce bakkie (audio) \
plural bakkies

Definition of bakkie

South Africa
: a small van or truck But the margins are small and from the money he earns he must pay his two sons who help him, cover the cost of petrol for his bakkie and pay for medicines should any of the cows fall ill.— Patrick Burnett, Inter Press Service, 29 Aug. 2009

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First Known Use of bakkie

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bakkie

borrowed from Afrikaans, “small container, light truck,” from bak “container, bed of a truck” (going back to Dutch, “trough, tank”) + -ie, diminutive suffix (going back to Dutch -je)

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“Bakkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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