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[duhch-muh n] /ˈdʌtʃ mən/
noun, plural Dutchmen.
a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands.
(lowercase) Building Trades. a piece or wedge inserted to hide the fault in a badly made joint, to stop an opening, etc.
Theater. a narrow strip of canvas to conceal the join between two flats.
Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a German.
Origin of Dutchman
1350-1400; Middle English; see Dutch, man1
Usage note
As used to refer to a German, the term Dutchman was originally standard English. But around the time of World War I, it became a slang term of contempt for the enemy. Its use nowadays is still sometimes perceived as insulting. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Once in every seven years only did the Devil allow the Dutchman to land, in search of the maiden who might effect his release.

  • If he doesn't fail some day, and make a lot of money, I'm a Dutchman.

  • He is a fellow to take offence for the least little thing—regular Dutchman—and I want to keep friendly with him.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • She'd win in a walk; unless The Dutchman was at his best when he might give her an argument.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • Whenever a Dutchman wishes to speak of the great past of his country he calls to mind the names of these heroes.

British Dictionary definitions for Dutchman


noun (pl) -men
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Netherlands
a piece of wood, metal, etc, used to repair or patch faulty workmanship
(South African, often derogatory) an Afrikaner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Dutchman

"Dutch ship," 1650s, from Dutch (adj.) + man (n.). References to the ghost ship called the Flying Dutchman seem to begin early 19c. (see flying).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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