Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Afrikaans, from Dutch, farmer, from Middle Dutch gheboer, peasant; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]

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From South African Dutch boer ("farmer").

Examples

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

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

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

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

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  • 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 is sometimes used as a disparaging term for any white in South Africa.

    BBC - Ouch

  • 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 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 is sometimes used as a disparaging term for any white in South Africa.

    BBC - Ouch

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