Dutchman, noun

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Also with small initial.
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1.
a. obsolescent. Afrikaner noun sense 2 a. Cf. Hollander.
1797 Lady A. Barnard Lett. to Henry Dundas (1973) 86There was a large opening in the roof I begun to congratulate her on its being a trap door and that we should see half a dozen dutchmen swinging her up to the regions above before morning.
1949 C. Bullock Rina 26The Afrikaner, or the Dutchman as we called him then, is your true baanbreker.
b. slang. A derogatory and offensive name for an Afrikaner, used of both men and women. Cf. Dutchwoman sense b.
1943 I. Frack S. Afr. Doctor 201It would be preferable to hear this, than to listen to two youngsters calling each other a bloody Engelsman or a bloody Dutchman, as the case may be.
1992 D. Opperman on TV1, 27 May (Bishop’s Beat)When I was at school — and that was only thirteen years ago — I was a Dutchman, a rock-spider, a plank — all the derogatory names that are given to an Afrikaner.
2. ?obsolete. Quartz resembling uncut diamonds.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 159Dutchman, The name given by the diamond sorters to pieces of quartz, which somewhat resemble uncut diamonds.
1984 P. Beale Dict. of Slang & Unconventional Eng. 355Dutchman,..2. A piece of quartz somewhat resembling an uncut diamond: S. African diamond-diggers’.
Afrikanernoun2 a.
A derogatory and offensive name for an Afrikaner, used of both men and women.
Quartz resembling uncut diamonds.

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