Meaning of mealie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmiːli/


(also mielie)
usually mealies
  • 1South African A maize plant.

    ‘the mealies were as tall as my stretched arms’
    • ‘The trekkers also planted maize (which they called mielie, whence the African term ‘mealies') wherever they settled, and this soon came into cultivation by the Africans.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Maize kernels; sweetcorn.
      as modifier ‘mealie pudding’
      • ‘One of my earliest memories is of sitting at our kitchen table, talking to Gladys, my Zulu nanny, while a pot of mielie pap porridge bubbled on the stove.’
      • ‘Its meander begins at the railway siding and extends down the bleak R545 road to Bethal, passing between open-cast coal pits and dried-up mealie fields.’
      sweetcorn, maize, corn on the cob, Indian corn
    2. 1.2A corncob.
      ‘they arrive each day to sell mealies’
      • ‘The farmer was selling mielies on his farm near the Blinkfontein road when four men in a black VW Golf with tinted windows robbed him of his cellphone and cash, then shot him.’
      • ‘Some sell mielies roasted in coal umbhawulas to locals, while others play soccer to pass the time.’


Early 19th century from Afrikaans mielie, from Portuguese milho ‘maize, millet’ from Latin milium.