donder, interjection and & noun

Also don’er, donner.
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘wretch’.
slang, not in polite use
A. interjection Often in the phrase donder and bliksem [Afrikaans donder en bliksem literally ‘thunder and lightning’]: an expression of frustration or anger, equivalent to ‘confound it’, ‘blast’. See also bliksem interjection.
1863 Lady Duff-Gordon in F. Galton Vacation Tourists (1864) III. 182The hardest blows are those given with the tongue...‘Verdomde Schmeerlap!’ — ‘Donder and Bliksem! am I a verdomde Schmeerlap?’
c1966 M. Jabour in New S. Afr. Writing 91Donder, now what’s the matter with the thing, hey? Cohen said it was in perfect condition.
1985 Fair Lady 1 May 20The vullis spread by our nation’s enemies must be stood on. Donner and bliksem!
1987 S. Roberts Jacks in Corners 76Why the donder must he come and visit today?
B. noun
1. An abusive term; a ‘blighter’ or ‘bastard’.
a. bliksem noun sense a.
1872 Cape Argus 29 Oct. 4I told prisoner to leave off beating her, and he said he would give it me on my donder if I interfered.
1961 D. Bee Children of Yesterday 71He said to me ‘bloody bastard’ then I asked him to fight but he was afraid. He was a big donder but he knew I would have thrashed him.
1969 A. Fugard Boesman & Lena 36The pondoks falling. The men standing, looking, as the yellow donner(sc. bulldozer) pushed them over.
1970 S. Roberts in Ophir Sept. 12I skel him out i threaten to fire the donder i must get another boy.
1977 A. Roscoe Uhuru’s Fire 227I will shoot whatever hotnot or kaffir I desire, and see me get into trouble over it. I demand respect from these donders.
1979 W. Ebersohn Lonely Place 37Old-boss Marthinus not hit me, I don’t want the mad don’er must hit me.
1988 E. Prov. Herald 19 Mar. 2Why didn’t you give the donder (blighter) another shot while he was down?
b. bliksem noun sense b.
1920 F.C. Cornell Glamour of Prospecting 21‘You donder!’ I heard Du Toit snort (I found later his nose was badly bashed by a bucket). ‘I knew you didn’t tie the verdomte touw properly.’
1954 J. Wiles Moon to Play With 22Donners!’ shouted the old woman..Voetsek!’ But the children treated that as a joke.
1960 J. Cope Tame Ox 183‘No boat is worth a man’s life,’ he said, helping Stonewall up. ‘Remember that, you black donner.’
[1965 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 43The Black man pulled me away with a jerk that sent pain shooting through my side. ‘Are you going to tell the truth, “jou donder”?’ I didn’t care now.]
1985 Cape Times 6 Nov. 2A navy blue police van came past and someone shouted ‘you are going to die you donders’, and then the police opened fire.
1986 S. Sepamla Third Generation 129The major..towered over Solly and, screwing his mouth said: ‘Stand up! Stand up, donner!’
2. In the adjectival phrases the donder in, die donder in [Afrikaans, die the, in in], the hell in (see hell sense 2).
1978 Speak Vol.1 No.2, 55We get a theatre in Pretoria...Mother and Father Grundy were however alive and well and Die Donner in!
1978 S. Roberts in New Classic No.5, 24I felt the donder-in for my old friend...Ol’ Chris always used to be so full of loyalty for his language and his country.
an expression of frustration or anger, equivalent to ‘confound it’, ‘blast’.
An abusive term; a ‘blighter’ or ‘bastard’.
In the adjectival phrasesthe donder in, die donder in, die the, in in, the hell inhell2.
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