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  • ‘No meinheer; but as I commit him to your charge——’85

    Chapter XXXIV

  • At length the jockey, after the other had made some ineffectual attempts to express something intelligibly which he wished to say, observed, "Isn't it a pity that so fine a fellow as meinheer, and so clever a fellow too, as I believe him to be, is not a better master of our language?"

    The Romany Rye

  • At length the jockey, after the other had made some ineffectual attempts to express something intelligibly which he wished to say, observed, "Isn't it a pity that so fine a fellow as meinheer, and so clever a fellow too, as I believe him to be, is not a little better master of our language?"

    The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"

  • At length the jockey, after the other had made some ineffectual attempts to express something intelligibly which he wished to say, observed: 'Isn't it a pity that so fine a fellow as meinheer, and so clever a fellow too, as I believe him to be, is not a little better master of our language?'

    The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'

  • “They have gone for the present, meinheer, but you had better stay where you are.

    By Conduct and Courage A Story of the Days of Nelson

  • “You have searched it three times already, meinheer, but you can, of course, search it again if you wish.

    By Conduct and Courage A Story of the Days of Nelson

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  • trying to find a definition or explanation of this is like like squeezing blood from a turnip. Obviously a corruption or (Dutch?) translation of "mein Herr"; it appears all over the place as a (sometimes mock) honorific in the 19th c. in google books; I'm absolutely certain I've heard it said somewhere (Rogers & Hammerstein?), pronounced "myn-eer"; but no real definition or etymology anywhere.

    January 17, 2013