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.
1820 W. Shaw Diary. 11 JuneA journey over the rocks & hills of Africa, in a waggon drawn by oxen — and driven by Dutchmen, but Praise the Lord — not a bone is broken.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 234The same acts of rapacity and cruelty which marked the progress of the Spaniard in Mexico and Peru, and of the Englishman in North America, have merely been acted over again by the Dutchman in Southern Africa.
1838 F. Owen Letter to Church Missionary Society. (Killie Campbell Africana Library KCM53500)Two Dutchmen who are here at present intend setting off for the Boers camp tomorrow.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 96You once told me that our names did not stand in the book, and that the gospel did not..belong to us Namacquas. Will you now tell me master, whether the name of Dutchman or Englishman, is to be found in it?
1855 J.W. Colenso Ten Weeks in Natal 195I seemed to hear the sound..of the driver’s voice, lecturing and scolding his oxen.., of whom the worst is generally by the Dutchmen called England, and gets more than an ordinary share of abuse and beating.
1875 J.J. Bisset Sport & War 23Hintza used to ride his own horse,..presented to him..by Piet Uys, a celebrated Dutchman.
1882 J. Nixon Among Boers 15The Dutchmen who are seen in Capetown come from the western side of the Great Karroo and are better off and more civilised than their brethren further up country.
1908 M.C. Bruce New Tvl 40It sometimes happens that an English woman marries a Dutchman.
1920 R. Juta Tavern 38She had three daughters...She regarded all as future nuns, as their father would never allow them to marry Cape Dutchmen.
1930 L. Barnes Caliban in Afr. 13What the Dutchman trekked away from was always order and good government.
1937 M. Alston Wanderings 56The old Dutchman, on whose land we were camping, came along to see how we were faring and was the very soul of kindly helpfulness.
1936 A. Lezard Gold Blast 265Both the Dutchman and the Englishman in South Africa is a fine man. Each has his patriotic emotions.
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.
1946 Forum Nov. 32Today only the prejudiced and the unenlightened persist in calling Afrikaners ‘Dutchmen’.
a1951 H.C. Bosman Willemsdorp (1977) 10Going by his name I should say he’s a bloody Dutchman, too. I got no time for that sort...A boer working on an English newspaper.
1953 D. Jacobson Long Way from London 29No blows had been struck, and no one had called anyone a bloody Dutchman or a bloody Jew, so everything was as well as could be expected.
1956 A. Sampson Drum 85The English just use long words and big talk, isn’t it? Segregation — ah, democracy — ah, civilised men...The dutchmen just say ‘you blerry Kaffir, you, voetsak!’
1975 Informant, GrahamstownDutchman. (Not a Hollander).
1987 E. Prov. Herald 14 May 2When he had to register for military service he had opposed it because he saw the SADF as ‘the Dutchmen’s’ army.
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.
1967 E. Rosenthal Encycl. of Sn Afr. 162Dutchman, Name given by diamond diggers to a kind of quartz resembling uncut diamond.
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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