Kafir

Kafir

[kaf-er, key-fer, kah-]
noun, plural Kafirs (especially collectively) Kafir.
1.
Also called Nuristani. a member of an Indo-European people of Nuristan.
2.
(lowercase) Islam. an infidel or unbeliever.
3.
Kaffir ( def 1 ).
4.
(lowercase) . Also, kaffir. Also called kafir corn. a grain sorghum, Sorghum bicolor caffrorum, having stout, short-jointed, leafy stalks, introduced into the U.S. from southern Africa.

Origin:
1795–1805; < Arabic; see Kaffir

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Kaffir or Kafir (ˈkæfə)
 
n , pl -firs, -fir
1.  taboo (in southern Africa) any Black African
2.  offensive (among Muslims) a non-Muslim or infidel
 
usage  In South Africa the use of this word is nowadays completely taboo, and is indeed actionable in the courts. It is also advisable not to use the word in any of the compounds to which it gave rise.
 
Kafir or Kafir
 
n
 
usage  In South Africa the use of this word is nowadays completely taboo, and is indeed actionable in the courts. It is also advisable not to use the word in any of the compounds to which it gave rise.

Kafir (ˈkæfə)
 
n , pl -irs, -ir
1.  another name for the Nuri
2.  a variant spelling of Kaffir
 
[C19: from Arabic; see Kaffir]

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