Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch duivel devil.
A.interjectionDe duiwel [Dutch, de the], the duiwel:‘the devil’. Occasionally der duiwel [Afrikaans, der of the]: ‘of the devil’.
1838J.E. AlexanderExped. 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!
1. Used as a term of reference or (occasionally) address: a devil, the devil.
[1786G. Forstertr. ofA. 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.]
2.Cooperage.An s-shaped iron tool used to pull the bottom of a cask into the groove made to hold it.
1988A. Van Wyk inS. 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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