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

  • n. Offensive A Khoikhoin.
  • n. Offensive Any of the Khoikhoin group of languages.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A member of the Khoekhoe group of peoples.
  • proper n. The language of the Khoi, remarkable for its clicks.
  • proper n. Any of several fish of the genus Pachymetopon, in the family Sparidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a degraded and savage race of South Africa, with yellowish brown complexion, high cheek bones, and wooly hair growing in tufts.
  • n. The language of the Hottentots, which is remarkable for its clicking sounds; the Khoisan language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of a race of South Africa, which differs from the other South African races, being of a dark yellowish-brown complexion, of smaller stature, of more ungainly build, and of inferior mental endowment.

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

  • n. any of the Khoisan languages spoken by the pastoral people of Namibia and South Africa


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Dutch variously ascribed to mean stutterer; and from hot en tot being an approximation of common sounds in the Khoi language. First known use 1677 (in Dutch). (Wiktionary)



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