from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A derogatory name that British sailors gave the Dutch during the age of the Anglo-Dutch Wars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A box or vessel for butter.
  • n. A Dutchman.


The idiom may have derived from the flag of Holland, which at the time had an orange stripe on top. (Wiktionary)


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  • Contemptuous designation for a Dutchman (also butter-bag, butter-mouth); also, in nautical slang, a Dutch ship.

    These make very little sense to me.

    August 6, 2008