Dutchman

Dutchman

[duhch-muhn]
noun, plural Dutchmen.
1.
a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands.
2.
(lowercase) Building Trades. a piece or wedge inserted to hide the fault in a badly made joint, to stop an opening, etc.
3.
Theater. a narrow strip of canvas to conceal the join between two flats.
4.
Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a German.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see Dutch, man1


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.
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Dutchman (ˈdʌtʃmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Netherlands
2.  a piece of wood, metal, etc, used to repair or patch faulty workmanship
3.  derogatory often (South African) an Afrikaner

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