backveld, adjective and & noun
- Also back-veldt.
- AfrikaansShow more Partial translation of Afrikaans agterveld, see Agterveld.
- Hence backvelder noun, one from the backveld; a rustic or unsophisticated person; takhaar sense b. Cf. plattelander (see platteland).1911 E. London Daily Dispatch 28 Oct. 3 (Pettman)Mr. —’s work will have considerable value as tending..to present the rugged backvelder in his true colours.c1911 S. Playne Cape Col. 460Ons Land..also has a considerable amount of information for farmers in each issue, and its advent is eagerly hailed by the out-of-the-way backvelders.1927 Workers’ Herald 17 May 5Even yet there were some back-velders in this country who have never seen a bicycle or a town larger than Volksrust.1930 L. Barnes Caliban in Afr. 46The backvelder has for many years been going through an elaborate system of tuition, the object of which was to impress indelibly upon him that the British are the root of all offence.1934 N. Devitt Mem. of Magistrate 29I came much in contact with the people whom the Rand papers of late years call ‘Backvelders’. The use of this word is probably not intended offensively, but it to my mind indicates a superiority complex on the part of the users which in my opinion is misplaced.1944 ‘Twede in Bevel’ Piet Kolonel 50Did we from henceforth learn our manners, poor ignorant backvelders that we were?1955 W. Illsley Wagon on Fire 26When Katrina Deventer, a fair wisp of charm and culture, had announced that she was leaving Cape Town with all its attractions, for marriage with the uncouth backvelder, Frikkie van der Byl, her friends reckoned that she had taken leave of her senses.1964 J. Meintjes Manor House 119These backvelders have today largely disappeared, but at that time one still found numbers of them: naive, primitive, uneducated and in some cases even idiots.1974 A.P. Brink Looking on Darkness 122With the handful of other Coloured and Indian students I occasionally discussed my problems, but they’d all grown up in cities and regarded me, not without some condescension, as a backvelder.1985 E. Prov. Herald 22 July 8I’m a backvelder, a plattelander, a country bumpkin if you like.1991 F.G. Butler Local Habitation 105A backvelder born, like myself, often has a stubborn belief that God made the country and man made the town.