Quashee

[kwah-shee]

day name

noun
  1. (formerly, especially in creole-speaking cultures) a name given at birth to a black child, in accordance with African customs, indicating the child's sex and the day of the week on which he or she was born, as the male and female names for Sunday (Quashee and Quasheba), Monday (Cudjo or Cudjoe and Juba), Tuesday (Cubbena and Beneba), Wednesday (Quaco and Cuba or Cubba), Thursday (Quao and Abba), Friday (Cuffee or Cuffy and Pheba or Phibbi), and Saturday (Quamin or Quame and Mimba).
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Examples from the Web for quashee

Historical Examples of quashee

  • Adieu, Quashee; I will wish you better guidance than you have had of late.

    Latter-Day Pamphlets

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Quashee, black and ignorant as he may be, will not "get himself made a slave again."

  • He ridiculed the black man, and described the poor patient African as "Quashee, steeped to the eyes in pumpkin."

    Nineteenth Century Questions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • Quashee has already victuals, clothing; Quashee is not dying of such despair as the yellow-coloured pale man's.

    Past and Present

    Thomas Carlyle


British Dictionary definitions for quashee

day name

noun
  1. Western African a name indicating a person's day of birth
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