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Hottentot

[hot-n-tot] /ˈhɒt nˌtɒt/
noun
1.
Origin of Hottentot
1670-1680
1670-80; < Afrikaans; origin uncertain
Related forms
Hottentotic, adjective
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  • He began to feel he should never get it: they were near the high-road; he could not keep the Hottentot to himself much longer.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • A Hottentot would not have been guilty of this sort of barbarism.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • To threaten a disobedient servant with the jambok—be he Hottentot, Fingo, or Caffre—is to bring him back to kneeling obeisance.

    The Vee-Boers Mayne Reid
  • On the south they are confronted with the Hottentot languages.

  • Of course, if you ask a Hottentot to evenings, you have to explain him.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • He resolved to keep his Hottentot all to himself if possible.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Now, what is the use or comfort of a duchesse to a Hottentot family?

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
  • The Hottentot suggested that this was an excellent opportunity.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for Hottentot

Hottentot

/ˈhɒtənˌtɒt/
noun (offensive)
1.
(pl) -tot, -tots a former name for Khoikhoi (sense 1)
2.
any of the languages of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
Usage note
When referring to the people the accepted word nowadays is Khoikhoi. Hottentot continues to be used for some animal and plant names, as in Hottentot fig
Word Origin
C17: from Afrikaans, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for Hottentot

1670s, from S.African Dutch, said to mean "stammerer," it is from hot en tot "hot and tot," nonsense words imitative of the clicking, jerking Khoisan speech.

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