bikmanTok Pisin: bik + man.
Bikman was omitted from Mihalics dictionary; instead, bik was noted as a prefix in compound words to indicate something great, important, chief, large.
(No Mihalic entry)
Term of address forms
mate, young feller: a term of address that men who are equals can use, or you can use with children
yes bikman, yu kam a? mate! so youve come eh?
bikman, olsem wanem? hey there young feller, hows it going? (addressed to a young boy)
Kind of person: a leader, a VIP ® bikpela man
ol bikman bilong ples the village leaders
gut moning ol bikman! good morning all you important people!
ol bikman bilong sios the church hierarchy
ol bikman bilong kampani the company executives
Kind of person: specifically a Melanesian big-man style of leader. A big-man is a traditional leader who has achieved his position, classically by virtue of political oratory and exchange of wealth in a system of customary exchange, and today by electoral success and its consequent patronage. He may well marry several wives, particular in the Papua New Guinea Highlands where this is (today) a important way of extending political connections.
bikman em i man i gat nem na i makim maus bilong ol pipol a big-man is a man with a reputation and who speaks for his people
ol bikman i wok long salim pik i go i kam the big-men are exchanging pigs among themselves
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