American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical African variety of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) grown in dry regions and in the Great Plains for grain and forage. Also called kaffir corn.
- n. South Africa, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur A black person.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of a race which, with the Hottentots and Bushmen, inhabit South Africa. They inhabit the country north of Cape Colony, the name being now specifically applied to the tribes living between Cape Colony and Natal, including the Ponda, Xosa, and Tembu; but the Zulus of Natal are true Kaffirs.
- n. One of a race inhabiting Kafiristan in Central Asia.
- n. South Africa Any Black African; -- a disparaging and offensive term used by white South Africans.
- n. important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth-edged leaves
- n. an offensive and insulting term for any Black African
- From Arabic كفار (kaffār, "infidel") or كافر (kāfir, "unbeliever"), both from كفر (káfara, "to cover, to hide"). (Wiktionary)
- Short for kaffir corn, probably translation of Afrikaans kafferkoring : kaffer, Kaffir (from Arabic kāfir; see Kaffir) + koring, corn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“No one in our house ever said the word kaffir except in regard to the Kaffir boom tree, which felt wrong and dangerous and ugly.”
“The word 'kaffir' is used as an insulting term for Africans but the term 'kaffir beer' was widely used in English as a name for this drink”
“The Persian lime peel alone will not make an adequate sub -- the flavor of kaffir is like no other.”
“The word kaffir, sometimes spelt kaffer or kafir, is an offensive term for a black person, most common in South Africa and other African countries.”
“But the kaffir is no different from other people, and the moment you say, "You shan't," human nature backs up and says, "I shall.”
“That evening in a hut assigned to us by the chief, squatting on the trodden cow-dung floor, leaning against the dried-mud sides, with a little fire of sticks in the midst to give us light and keep mosquitoes at a distance at the expense of almost unbearable heat, we ate porridge made from mtama as they call their kaffir corn, and washed it down with milk -- good rich cows 'milk, milked by Kazimoto into our own metal pot instead of their unwashed gourds.”
“Winn ran with that in a Jan. 29 article, digging up right-wing "expert on Islamism" Walid Phares, who claimed that "the typical word Arabic translators would use for the term 'non-believer' is 'kaffir' - a word which means 'atheist' or 'infidel.”
“The result is that the kaffir is a very happy man today.”
“One caller told her she was "a stupid white whore", while another signed off a letter with a swastika and the words: "The blacks won't thank you and after all, a kaffir is a kaffir.”
“They embraced the idea that anyone who disagreed with their harsh interpretation of Islam was a "kaffir" or infidel, and that their duty was to kill anyone who opposed them (much like the gentleman who sent me that email last week).”
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