Origin of mealie

1850–55; < Afrikaans mielie < Portuguese milho maize, millet < Latin milium millet
Also called mielie. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mealies

Historical Examples of mealies

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for mealies



  1. (functioning as singular) a South African word for maize



  1. Southern African an ear of maizeSee also mealies

Word Origin for mealie

C19: from Afrikaans milie, from Portuguese milho, from Latin milium millet
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