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

  • n. A Dutch colonist or descendant of a Dutch colonist in South Africa.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Dutch colonist in South Africa, or one of their (white) descendants, especially a farmer; an Afrikaner.
  • n. A militant in the Boer war

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A colonist or farmer in South Africa of Dutch descent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name given to the Dutch colonists of South Africa, who are principally engaged in agriculture or cattle-breeding.

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

  • n. a white native of Cape Province who is a descendant of Dutch settlers and who speaks Afrikaans


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


  • The word Boer is usually translated from Afrikaans as meaning white farmer but is sometimes used to refer to any white South African.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Boer is Afrikaans for a farmer, but is sometimes used as a disparaging term for any white in South Africa.

    BBC - Ouch

  • Boer is Afrikaans for a farmer, but also is a derogatory term for any white in South Africa.

    Ottawa Sun

  • (Boer is Afrikaans for "farmer," but colloquially is a disparaging term for any white South African.)

    American Thinker

  • Boer is Afrikaans for a farmer, but is sometimes used as a disparaging term for any white person in South Africa.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • There was to-day what we called a Boer Sunday, that is, a cessation of firing on both sides after a hard ten days of it; the day was wet and we were all washed out of our tents, some of which were blown clean down.

    With the Naval Brigade in Natal (1899-1900) Journal of Active Service

  • And, indeed, it was no secret that during most of 1993 the far right, loaded with guns and men experienced in warfare, was mobilising for what they called the Boer "freedom struggle" and others called racist terrorism.

    The Guardian World News

  • The lyrics "Awudubele ibhulu" -- "shoot the boer" in Zulu -- refer to the Afrikaans word "Boer" which means farmer in the language derived from Dutch colonisers.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In no Southern State of North America would white men have followed a mulatto.] [Footnote 19: The word Boer means farmer or peasant (German _Bauer_).] [Footnote 20: A clear and spirited account of these events may be found in Mr.R. R.ssell's book, _Natal, the Land and its Story_, published in

    Impressions of South Africa

  • If 'e'd come out on the veldt,' nd fight us our way, we'd lick 'im every time, but when it comes to fightin' in the kopjes, why, the Boer is a dandy, 'nd if the rest of Europe don't think so, only let 'em have a try at' im 'nd see.

    Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) Letters from the Front


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