Definition of tannie in English:



South African
  • A woman who is older than the speaker (often used as a respectful and affectionate title or form of address)

    ‘I knew I was grown up when a teenager called me tannie’
    • ‘Now tannie Ella had a pilletjie, poeiertjie, salfie en pleister for every occasion and medical emergency.’
    • ‘I almost get lost when I get of the highway, but luckily I run into a friendly oom and tannie and they point me in the right direction (Note to self… do not trust a map downloaded from the Internet).’
    • ‘But sitting in the lounge and eating my boerekos off my lap, surrounded by these lovely Tannies and their bubbling laughter, I had one of the most deeply satisfying meals I have had in years.’
    • ‘I post this shot for my best Tannie, Tannie Margo.’
    • ‘My mama told me it's good manners to say Oom and Tannie’


Afrikaans, literally ‘auntie’, familiar form of tante (see tante).