Definitions

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  • n. One who goes ahead to reconnoitre; a scout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as fore-looper.

Etymologies

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Dutch? Afrikaans?

Examples

  • Our voorlooper was no scraggy piccanin, he was brawny and bearded, an expert Mashona woodman.

    Cinderella in the South Twenty-Five South African Tales

  • Just as I had finished, and the driver, a man called Tom, was washing up the things, in comes the young scoundrel of a voorlooper driving one ox before him.

    Stories by English Authors: Africa (Selected by Scribners)

  • These operations, though speedy as might be, were necessarily prolonged, for most of the men required several buckets of water over the head before they felt fit for such unaccustomed exercises, and they were scarcely finished before the creaking of wheels and the cries of the voorlooper as he urged his oxen announced that the wagon was within earshot.

    Stories by English Authors: Africa (Selected by Scribners)

  • The voorlooper, a Zulu boy, who had left them for a little while to share the rest of the coffee with Hans, rose from his haunches with a grunt, and departed to fetch them.

    Benita, an African romance

  • Indeed, of these I determined to be rid at once, so slipping off the waggon with Hans and some of the farm boys, for none of the Zulus would defile themselves by touching such human remnants -- I made up two of the smouldering fires, the light of which the _voorlooper_ had seen upon the sky, and on to them cast, or caused to be cast, those poor fragments.

    She and Allan

  • I asked my _voorlooper_ if anything had happened during our absence.

    She and Allan

  • However, as I did not trust him in the least, much against their will, I left my driver and _voorlooper_ to guard my belongings.

    She and Allan

  • Here we found the waggon and oxen quite safe and were welcomed rapturously by my Zulu driver and the _voorlooper_, who had made up their minds that we were dead and were thinking of trekking homewards.

    She and Allan

  • Here we camped and next morning, leaving the waggon in charge of my _voorlooper_ and a couple of the Strathmuir natives, for the driver was to act as my gun-bearer -- we marched down into the sea of bush-veld.

    She and Allan

  • May in a wagon with a driver, a voorlooper, and a Kafir hunter called

    King Solomon's Mines

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