Definitions

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

  • n. South African A deep ravine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A glen; a ravine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A glen; a ravine closed at its upper end.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ravine; in Cape Colony and the neighboring settlements, a gully.

Etymologies

Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch clove, cleft, ravine; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Dutch (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now we came to a deep "kloof" or cleft in the steep mountain-side, at the bottom of which, half hidden by the masses of ferns and rich rank greenery, trickled a little stream; now to an open space of rough ground, covered only with huge, weather-washed boulders.

    Cetywayo and his White Neighbours Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal

  • A kloof, in the South African language of Afrikaans, is a canyon.

    Between a Rock and a Waterfall

  • Wayne Du Plooy European settlers often broke away from the wagon tracks to kloof, helping fill out blank swaths of 19th- and early 20th-century maps.

    Up and Down Canyons

  • European settlers often broke away from the wagon tracks to kloof, helping fill out blank swaths of 19th- and early 20th-century maps.

    Between a Rock and a Waterfall

  • Once Laputa checked me with his hand as I was going to speak, and in silence we crossed the kloof of a little stream.

    Prester John

  • I saw quite clear the red kloof on the far side, where the collar was hid.

    Prester John

  • With my wrist-rope in his hand, he preceded me down the hill till we got to the red screes at the foot of the kloof.

    Prester John

  • Once, in a kloof not far from the Letaba, I killed a fine leopard, bringing him down with a single shot from a rocky shelf almost on the top of Colin.

    Prester John

  • What did surprise Ki-Gor was the fact that the Ubangi archers had arrived at the kloof ahead of them.

    Death Stalks The Ruins

  • Knowing Julebba's vindictive jealousy and hatred of Helene, he dare not let her be carried into the kloof without him.

    Death Stalks The Ruins

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  • (Amer.) Kind of aloof.

    May 12, 2008

  • (Afrik) A deep ravine.

    May 12, 2008