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

Word History


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)

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bakkie was in 1968

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“Bakkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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