Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person with rude, clumsy manners and little refinement.
  • n. A peasant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A peasant.
  • n. A Boer, white South African of Dutch or Huguenot descent
  • n. A yokel, country bumpkin,
  • n. An uncultured person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A husbandman; a peasant; a rustic; esp. a clownish or unrefined countryman.
  • n. A Dutch, German, or Russian peasant; esp. a Dutch colonist in South Africa, Guiana, etc.: a boer.
  • n. A rude ill-bred person; one who is clownish in manners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A countryman; a peasant; a rustic; a clown; particularly, a Dutch or German peasant.
  • n. Hence One who is rude in manners, or illiterate; a clown; a clownish person.
  • n. [capitalized] Same as Boer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

Etymologies

Dutch boer, from Middle Dutch gheboer; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch boer ("peasant"). (Wiktionary)

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