Main definitions of opsit in English

: opsit1opsit2

opsit1

Pronunciation /ˈɒpsɪt/

noun

historical South African
  • A courtship visit in which the couple sit together by candlelight; courtship.

Origin

Late 19th century. From opsit.

Main definitions of opsit in English

: opsit1opsit2

opsit2

(also opzit, opsitt)

Pronunciation /ˈɒpsɪt/

verb

historical South African
  • Of a couple: to sit up together at night as a recognized part of courtship.

    An Afrikaner (originally Dutch) courtship custom. The couple would sit by candlelight, for a period determined by the length of the candle provided by the courted woman's family.

Origin

Late 19th century. From Afrikaans opsit from South African Dutch opzit from Dutch opzitten to sit up from op- + zitten.