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Boer

[bawr, bohr, boo r; Dutch boor] /bɔr, boʊr, bʊər; Dutch bur/
noun
1.
a South African of Dutch extraction.
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Boers.
Origin of Boer
1825-1835
1825-35; < Afrikaans < Dutch: peasant, farmer. See boor
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore.
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  • Footnote 347: See admissions of the Boer Generals quoted supra.

  • Nice lil thing, too; some of the Boer girls, you know; but not much ballast at her at all.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Yes,” grunted the Boer after puffing away; “he said it was very good, and that we were to go.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • He had served through the Boer and the Spanish-American wars with distinction.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • There was no leering and hideous grinning at us, however, as the rider's head had been blown clean away by a Boer shell.

British Dictionary definitions for Boer

Boer

/bʊə; ˈbəʊə; bɔː/
noun, adjective
1.
  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): a Boer farm
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch Boer; see boor
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Word Origin and History for Boer
n.

"Dutch colonist in South Africa," 1824, from Dutch boer "farmer," from Middle Dutch, cognate with Old English gebur "dweller, farmer, peasant," and thus related to bower, German Bauer, and the final syllable of neighbor (see boor). Boer War (1899-1902) was technically the Second Boer War, there having been a brief preview 1880-1881.

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