Meaning of loppy in English:

loppy

Pronunciation /ˈlɒpi/

nounplural noun loppies

Australian, New Zealand
  • An unskilled labourer or odd jobber on a farm or rural station.

    ‘the loppies all complain a lot’
    • ‘The shed hands, rollers, skirters and pickers-up were generally known by the somewhat contemptuous name of 'loppies'.’
    • ‘Two or three educated and travelled 'loppies' were to be found amongst the 'table-men'.’
    • ‘The twilight rings with the laughter of the 'loppies' young and free.’
    • ‘And when the day's work was over, I've seen the loppies settle down to a game of euchre.’
    • ‘The sheep are cunning and will not be worked by sheep dogs, loppies, leathernecks or rouseabouts.’

Origin

Late 19th century probably from English dialect lop ‘hang about’ or dialect loppy ‘flea-ridden’.