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Cape boy, noun phrase

Origin:
Cape + boy.
obs. except in historical contexts, offensive
1. A man of mixed ethnic ancestry (usually partly white), especially from the western Cape. See also coloured.
1882 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 271Travelling ‘up country’ with a two-wheeled Cape Cart, accompanied only by his driver, a ‘Cape boy’.
1968 L.G. Green Full Many Glorious Morning 191The sounds of the old Hunter’s Road; the clatter of ox horns, the voices of the Cape boys.
2. An immigrant to the Cape from St. Helena; his or her descendants.
1882 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 43The island of St. Helena has added a bastard black element whose descendants are known as Cape boys.
1911 L. Cohen Reminisc. of Kimberley 13Hindoos, Hottentots, Negroes from Mozambique, Cape boys from St Helena, Half Breeds from Anywhere.
3. Any black or ‘coloured’ soldier from South Africa who participated in the campaign against the Matabele in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
1896 F.C. Selous Sunshine & Storm 59This force was..augmented by about 150 Cape Boys, chiefly Amaxosa Kafirs and Zulus.
1961 T.V. Bulpin White Whirlwind 306On his own he had already unofficially organised what was half-jocularly known as Colenbrander’s Cape Boys. This was simply a small scouting and defensive force of 150 men, Coloureds, Xhosas and Zulus.
4. A member of the Cape Boy Contingent, a body of ‘coloured’ men who served with the British in the defence of Mafeking.
1900 E. Ross Diary of Siege of Mafeking (1980) 135Last night, Currie and his Cape Boys occupied a trench about 200 yards in advance of their extreme outpost, and..so got the better of the enemy’s snipers.
1957 D. Grinnell-Milne Baden-Powell at Mafeking 152The lurid terms used by the hard-fighting Cape Boys in the Brickfields when the Boers over the way sang out and called them ‘bastards’.
A man of mixed ethnic ancestry (usually partly white), especially from the western Cape.
An immigrant to the Cape from St. Helena; his or her descendants.
Any black or ‘coloured’ soldier from South Africa who participated in the campaign against the Matabele in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
A member of the Cape Boy Contingent, a body of ‘coloured’ men who served with the British in the defence of Mafeking.

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