Bastard Hottentot, noun phrase

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Also with small initials.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more From South African Dutch, see Bastard and Hottentot.
historical
A member of a people of mixed Khoikhoi, white, and black African origin. See also Bastard noun sense 1, Griqua sense 1, Hottentot sense 4 a. Also attributive.
1790 tr. of F. Le Vaillant’s Trav. II. 202Klaas..informed me that four bastard Hottentots were concealed in my camp, and that he suspected them to be spies sent by the planters of Bruyntjes-Hoogte.
1801 Truter & Somerville in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1899) IV. 402We perceived that the Bastard Hottentot Vigilant had made his escape.
1820 Missionary Notices 219There are so many bastard Hottentots, and slaves, and Bushmen without the Word of God.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 88He told me that many of the Bastard-Hottentots in the vicinity had absconded, under the apprehension that I was a military officer, come to press men for the Cape corps.
a1838 A. Smith Jrnl (1975) 37We proceeded to Boschies Spruit, the residence of a bastard Hottentot who emigrated several years ago from the colony and purchased the farm he now possesses for one hundred Rix dollars.
a1858 J. Goldswain Chron. (1949) II. 164They are caled the Fingo Levey but theas wich I had was Hottentots or Barsterds Hottentots and the[y] will not fight with the Hottentot Rebles.
1868 W.R. Thomson Poems, Essays & Sketches 206They..engaged several Bastard Hottentots, and got together the necessary provisions.
1876 F. Boyle Savage Life 210On the diamond-fields we knew very well, and respected, the Bastard Hottentots, though — or because — they retain little of their ancestors, not even their language.
1892 J.E. Ritchie Brighter S. Afr. 120The Cape rejoices in an aristocracy of skin, and the white man..will never be ruled by Malays, or bastard Hottentots, or Kaffirs.
1925 H.J. Mandelbrote tr. of O.F. Mentzel’s Descr. of Cape of G.H. II. 126Bastard-hottentots — the offspring of male slaves and hottentot women — sometimes make good labourers, but pure-bred hottentots, never.
1976 R. Ross Adam Kok’s Griquas 13‘Bastaard-Hottentots’..were considered by the whites to be of mixed origin, having either one slave or one white ancestor. In fact, however, the term denoted a social rather than a genetic status...They were transport riders, day-labourers, craftsmen, and most frequently, small farmers, living without title to their lands beyond the current frontier of white expansion.
A member of a people of mixed Khoikhoi, white, and black African origin.
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