wanpisTok Pisin: wan + pis.
Mihalic derived this from English one piece, however, allusions to being a single fish appear stronger and, in any case, this is likely to be a purely Tok Pisin formation.
See original Mihalic entry. See List discussion. .
State of being: alone, without relatives, an orphan, without a mate
em i no gat bratasusa, em i wanpis he has no brothers or sisters, he is a single child
ol famili bilong i dai, em i wanpis i stap his entire family have died, he is all alone
mi no marit, mi wanpis yet Im not married, Im still single
mi wanpis tasol, kam na traim mi! Ill fight you all single-handed!
Proper noun forms
Personal name: Wanpis a childs proper name, by allusion to the fact that the bearer is an only child, and possibly discarded in later life
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