Meaning of spaza in English:


Pronunciation /ˈspɑːzə/

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  • (in South Africa) a small unofficial store in a township, often based in a private house.

    ‘Most Freedom Park residents rely on spazas for their groceries, ‘but those who want to buy bulk usually go to near-by Devland,’ Masuku explains.’
    • ‘These products are sold on street corners, in garages and in spazas to an unwitting but gullible horde of patients.’
    • ‘Secondly, small units are attached to many of the homes, to be used as workshops, spazas or anything else.’
    • ‘Ngculu's customers are mostly locals who patronise her spaza because of its close proximity and because it operates outside normal retail hours.’
    • ‘They make dishwashing and window cleaning liquids for sale to spaza shops and schools in the area.’


Township slang, literally ‘camouflaged’, of unknown origin.