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: 1350–1400; Middle English;
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.