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Boer


Boer

,
Noun.
[D., a farmer. See
Boor
.]
A colonist or farmer in South Africa of Dutch descent.

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Boer

Boer

See also: boer, bóer, bôer, bör, bœr, and -boer

English

Noun

Boer (plural Boers)

  1. A Dutch colonist in South Africa, or one of their (white) descendants, especially a farmer; an Afrikaner.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 93:
      ‘I won't say good day to a **** boer!’ he exploded, swinging round viciously to escape into the angry light outside.
  2. A militant in the Boer War

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boer

See also: Boer, bóer, bôer, bör, bœr, and -boer

Afrikaans

Noun

boer (plural boere, diminutive boertjie)

  1. farmer; peasant
  2. (chess) pawn; least valuable piece in chess

Synonyms

  • (chess piece): pion

Verb

boer (present boer, present participle boerende, past participle geboer)

  1. to farm
  2. to continuously encounter someone at a specific place
    Hy boer daar by haar huis.
    He is always there at her house.
  3. to stay; to sojourn; to linger
    Hy't die heel middag by daardie meisie geboer.
    He stayed over at that girl['s place] the whole afternoon.
    Moenie op 'n vraag boer nie.
    Don't linger on a question.

Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /boːər/, [ˈb̥oːˀɐ]

Etymology 1

See bo (estate, nest).

Noun

boer n

  1. plural indefinite of bo

Etymology 2

From Dutch boer.

Noun

boer c (singular definite boeren, plural indefinite boere)

  1. Boer
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Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbuːr/

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch bure, from Proto-Germanic *būraz (dweller, inhabitant), thus originally the same as modern buur (neighbour). The form boer is that of many eastern dialects including Limburgish, where Germanic -ū- has been retained as a back vowel. In early modern Dutch these two dialectal forms were adopted as semantically distinguished words. Cognate to Old English būr, ġebūr (whence English bower) and Old High German būr (whence German Bauer).

Noun

boer m (plural boeren, diminutive boertje n, feminine boerin)

  1. (male) farmer, peasant
  2. -boer (in compounds) merchant (and sometimes producer) of a certain product group, mainly foods, often named after it, e.g. melkboer 'milkman', groenteboer '(male) greengrocer'
  3. A boor, yokel, ruffian
  4. A jack (playing card)
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Etymology 2

Originally onomatopoetic, as is English burp. The perception of farmers (etymology 1) as being mannerless people has probably played a secondary role, too. The same in German Bäuerchen.

Noun

boer m (plural boeren, diminutive boertje n)

  1. A burp
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Verb

boer

  1. first-person singular present indicative of boeren
  2. imperative of boeren

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Latin

Verb

boer

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of boō

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

boer

  1. A Boer

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