Meaning of bergie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbəːɡi/

nounplural noun bergies

informal South African
  • A vagrant.

    • ‘Two Bergies slept in the front garden outside our bedroom window Saturday night.’
    • ‘There has been an increase in vagrants and Bergies and huge antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘This is the first ever documentary about the Bergies, a unique homeless community living on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.’
    • ‘The term Bergie originates from the Berg, and has connotations, according to prejudice, that Bergies are members of hillbilly clans.’
    • ‘His acclaimed debut as documentary director/producer, The Bergies of Cape Town, achieved international success, and was described as ‘magnificent.’’


From Dutch berg ‘mountain’ + the informal suffix -ie.