duiwel, interjection and & noun

Forms:
Formerly also duivel, duyvel.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch duivel devil.
A. interjection De duiwel [Dutch, de the], the duiwel: ‘the devil’. Occasionally der duiwel [Afrikaans, der of the]: ‘of the devil’.
1838 J.E. Alexander Exped. into Int. I. 73In the old times we could do what we liked with them, and no one meddled with us; now, with the government and the zendelings (missionaries), we can get nothing done — Der duivel!
1883 M.A. Carey-Hobson Farm in Karoo 190In the middle of the night up jumps the farmer and screams out, ‘A snake has bitten my nose! oh, de duivel! he has bitten my nose!’
1908 F.C. Slater Sunburnt South 149‘Neef Koos,’ I began, ‘what the duivel do you mean by stealing my saddle?’
1980 A. Dangor in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 163‘Who’s there?’ ‘Me.’ ‘Who the duiwel is me?’
1988 A. Dangor in Staffrider Vol.7 No.3, 80Pyp, are you ready with that wire? Pyp? Where the duiwel are you?
B. noun
1. Used as a term of reference or (occasionally) address: a devil, the devil.
[1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. II. 64The buffaloes belonged to certain supernatural beings, who in this manner marked them for their own cattle. In order to give a notion of these beings, they made use of the Dutch term duyvel, which signifies devil.]
1910 R. Dehan Dop Doctor 175I tell you that man has the wickedness of the duyvel in him, and the cunning of an old baboon!
1910 D. Fairbridge That Which Hath Been (1913) 244The son of the house is drawn towards the cause of liberty, but his mother is a duivel.
1912 F. Bancroft Veldt Dwellers 83Duivels they are, and care not for God nor man; they know how to play all our games, yet to trap them, so far, we cannot.
1920 R. Juta Tavern 19To the Duivel with these emigrants...why man, dere is not corn enough for half of dem!
1939 S. Cloete Watch for Dawn 33Now he could distinguish the names of the oxen as his boys called to them..Witkop..Bles..Bokveld..Blauberg. Loop..loo-oop, you duiwels!
1972 Drum 8 Dec. 9We drove away. But my head was thumping...‘Just who the hell let the duiwel loose?’
2. Cooperage. An s-shaped iron tool used to pull the bottom of a cask into the groove made to hold it.
1988 A. Van Wyk in S. Afr. Panorama Sept. 50The bottoms at either end are fitted by making grooves on both ends on the inside of the cask. They are hammered right with a hook and a ‘duiwel’ (devil), long bent iron tubing. Finally, all the hoops are again driven tight to make the panels fit tightly.
‘the devil’. Occasionally der duiwel, der of the: ‘of the devil’.
a devil, the devil.
An s-shaped iron tool used to pull the bottom of a cask into the groove made to hold it.
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