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duppy

/ˈdʌpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
(Caribbean) a spirit or ghost
Word Origin
C18: probably of African origin
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  • The usual Tshi name for them appears to be bonsum or bossum: the word "duppy" I have been unable to trace.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • Every duppy walks two feet above the ground, floating in the air.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • The person on whom duppy is put becomes "tearing mad," and it requires a ten-pound fee to "take the shadow off."

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • One kind of duppy is a mermaid—but I can find no indication that she came from Africa.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • If not a human being, it must be a “duppy, or de debbil hisself!”

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • Cubina, less given to superstitious inclinings, only for a moment permitted himself to be mystified with the idea of a “duppy.”

    The Maroon Mayne Reid
  • He then directs duppy to visit the person whose name he mentions, and goes away without looking behind him.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • If a child is not christened before it is six months old, duppy will carry it away into the bush.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • Such are the main beliefs with regard to this remarkable superstition of duppy on earth.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll
  • A duppy of one's own family is worse than a stranger's, and the "baddest" of all is Coolie duppy.

    Jamaican Song and Story Walter Jekyll

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