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[mee-lee] /ˈmi li/
noun, South African.
Sometimes, mealies. corn; maize.
an ear of corn.
Also called mielie.
Origin of mealie
1850-55; < Afrikaans mielie < Portuguese milho maize, millet < Latin milium millet Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Now, tell Jack he must go back at once, as soon as he has had some mealies.

    Diamond Dyke George Manville Fenn
  • For a pinch of mealies I'd have let the little shrew go, by thunder!

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • We got away with these loads of mealies, but it will be known to-morrow.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • We may have to ride for our lives; so I managed to beg a feed of mealies apiece for them.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • There were no mealies whatever, except what was standing in the fields.

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • With regard to provisions, the supply of mealies was almost exhausted.

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • But this year there were scarcely any mealies, and what there were had been badly spoilt by the enemy.

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • “You said that you was a dealer in mealies and corn,” growled the sergeant.

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • Barrels of mealies or Indian corn, and wheaten flour, besides.

    Off to the Wilds George Manville Fenn
  • We ground our mealies in coffee mills if no other mills were available.

British Dictionary definitions for mealies


(functioning as sing) a South African word for maize


(South African) an ear of maize See also mealies
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans milie, from Portuguese milho, from Latin milium millet
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