Pronounced "tss-ot-see". A slang word common to most Southern African languages, a tsotsi is a person who is a rogue, a mischief-maker, a criminal, a bad element.

A synonym is "skelm", pronounced "skel-em", which has its roots in Afrikaans (and thus Dutch).
Parking in this part of town I'm always scared some bloody tsotsi's going to break into my car!
ayon kay TheRealNimnod ika-05 ng Marso, 2009
(n.)South African word describing a dodgy character. Someone who steals, lies and generally is not to be trusted. A township gangster. Can also be used as a light insult to friends. Pronounce it as you read it, say the 'ts' part quickly, as an interrupted 's' sound.
Help! That tsotsi just stole my cell phone!
Don't mix with those tsotsi's, they're hijackers.
Slang - You are such a tsotsi for stealing my drink.
ayon kay Thomas McLachlan ika-09 ng Setyembre, 2005
In urban slang of South Africa, "tsotsi" loosely translated means "thug". It is usually given to gangsters, thieves and liers that is either still young or still a minor.

Also the name of the Oscar winning South African movie (aka. Thug) about a young gangster that steals a car with a baby inside.
That tsotsi stole my cell phone to buy some meth...
ayon kay Ebola Monster ika-12 ng Agosto, 2006

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