or kop·pie


noun (in South Africa)

a small hill.

Origin of kopje

1880–85; < Afrikaans, equivalent to kop kop + -je diminutive suffix
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Examples from the Web for kopje

Historical Examples of kopje

  • I will send Simba with you to show you the water-hole in the kopje.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Far enough, for the kopje was only just visible against the sky.

    Diamond Dyke

    George Manville Fenn

  • And he asked it, because he was leaning there beside her, alone on the kopje top.

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page

  • Not to be too long-winded, we carried ridge after ridge of kopje for several miles.

  • So I will desist for the present, and resume this to-morrow on the top of a kopje.

British Dictionary definitions for kopje




a small isolated hill

Word Origin for kopje

C19: from Afrikaans koppie, from Dutch kopje, literally: a little head, from kop head; see kop
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Word Origin and History for kopje

small hill in South Africa, from S.African Dutch, diminutive of Dutch kop "hill; head" (see kop).

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