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duppy

noun plural -pies
  1. Caribbean a spirit or ghost
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Word Origin

C18: probably of African origin
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Examples from the Web for duppy

Historical Examples

  • One kind of duppy is a mermaid—but I can find no indication that she came from Africa.

    Jamaican Song and Story

    Walter Jekyll

  • Every Duppy walks two feet above the ground, floating in the air.

  • 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

  • The usual Tshi name for them appears to be bonsum or bossum: the word "duppy" I have been unable to trace.