from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive A Xhosa.
- n. Offensive Used especially in southern Africa as a disparaging term for a Black person.
- n. A Nuristani.
- n. Islam An infidel.
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- proper n. A blanket term for various native peoples of southern Africa.
- proper n. An offensive term for a black person.
- proper n. A non-believer.
October 19th, 2009 8: 50am phil, kaffir is nonbeliever the muslims call this to non muslims and it is Arabic, Kaffir, Kufri it doesn't really matter which way you want to say, they call this to Christians if they are white black or yellow, Jewish, Hindu, Chinese, it is not limited to black Africans like South African Christians it is nothing to do with Africans or black because you can't call a muslim African from Nigeria to Kaffir it doesn't make sense steve
However, in South Africa, and only South Africa, some white people, especially among Afrikaners, use the word Kaffir as a derogatory term referring to persons of aboriginal African descent.
The negroes looked at him sourly as he took hold of the rope attached to the long swinging beam that acted as a lever to bring the bucket to the surface, and one of them muttered in Arabic, "Kaffir dog!"
Phil, for waht it's worth, perhaps you’re able to accept that the word Kaffir (its plural is Kuffar) has a duel meaning.
Arab is a date-eater and the Kaffir is a milk consumer.
Needless almost to state that in most of these so-called Kaffir warriors the Boers were utterly disappointed.
This is their characteristic diplomacy -- the fruit of generations of sharpening wits against savages; and the same is called Kaffir cunning, and is not understood at first by European people.
Otter was a knob-nosed Kaffir, that is of the Bastard Zulu race.
Words such as 'Kaffir', 'coolie', 'Boesman', 'hotnot' and many others have negative connotations and remain offensive as they were used to degrade, undermine and strip South Africans of their humanity and dignity.
For instance, Arthur, a Puff Daddy-like figure who sings, dances, produces and heads the record label Triple 9, released an album in 1995 called "Kaffir," the South African equivalent of n---- r.