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big-eye

[Pan-Creole; cf. Haitian gwo je (lit. big eye) greedy HCEFD; US Black (Smiley 1919:358); calque e.g. Igbo aŋa uku (Turner 1949:233), Twi ani bre (Aboagye p.c.), both lit. big-eye, i.e. greed] n. greed: 1895 B' Spider 'e did have such a big eye, 'e did vwant all de bananas (Edwards 66). (Gen.)

adj. greedy; wanting the biggest and best for oneself: 1918 B'o' Boukee was beeg eye (Parsons 9). You better gimme a straight half 'cause you know you big-eye! (Nassau). cf. BEEG (Gen.)

Tags: adjective, calque, noun

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Last update: 2012-01-06 14:55
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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