[bawr, bohr, boor; Dutch boor]
a South African of Dutch extraction.
of or pertaining to the Boers.

1825–35; < Afrikaans < Dutch: peasant, farmer. See boor

boar, Boer, boor, bore. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
Boer (bʊə, ˈbəʊə, bɔː)
n, —adj
a.  a descendant of any of the Dutch or Huguenot colonists who settled in South Africa, mainly in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal
 b.  (as modifier): a Boer farm
[C19: from Dutch Boer; see boor]

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Word Origin & History

"Du. colonist in S.Africa," 1824, from Du. boer "farmer," from M.Du., cognate with O.E. gebur "dweller, farmer, peasant," and thus related to bower and the final syllable of neighbor (see boor). Boer War (18991902) was technically the Second Boer War, there having been a brief preview 1880-1881.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


(Dutch: "husbandman," or "farmer"), a South African of Dutch, German, or Huguenot descent, especially one of the early settlers of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. Today, descendants of the Boers are commonly referred to as Afrikaners

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