Engelsman, noun

Forms:
Engelschman, IngelsmanShow more Also Engelschman, Ingelsman, Ingilsman.
Plurals:
Engelsmanne.
Origin:
Afrikaans, Dutch, EnglishShow more Afrikaans (earlier Dutch Engelschman), Engels English + man man, person.
Note:
Usually used by writers to indicate that the speaker’s home language is Afrikaans.
1. One from England. Cf. Englander. See also Engels noun sense 1.
1837 N. Polson Subaltern’s Sick Leave 102The conversation..hangs heavy or lags if the traveller is a ‘regt Engelschman,’ but if he has sufficient savoir faire to enter into the spirit of the thing.., he will get over the time pleasantly enough.
1899 B. Mitford Weird of Deadly Hollow 97Allamagtag! but the Engelschman can shoot!
1912 F. Bancroft Veldt Dwellers 39I hand over this Engelschman — taken in arms against the Republic — to your charge, Mynheer Brandon.
1920 F.C. Cornell Glamour of Prospecting 57He questioned me minutely..and at each and all of my answers in broken Dutch he and his whole tribe laughed immoderately. He himself, as he proudly told me, had seen an Engelsman before, often, but not so his children.
1929 J.G. Van Alphen Jan Venter 57His cart..off-loaded..fresh milk for the camp. The message was the Engelsman (that’s me) mustn’t drink it all but give the new policeman some too.
a1931 S. Black in S. Gray Three Plays (1984) 170If they find gold in the moon, there will come an Engelsman by.
1983 M. Du Plessis State of Fear 25My mother goes on and on about the concentration camps in the Boer War, still to this day she won’t speak to an ‘Ingelsman’.
1990 Weekend Argus 17 Feb. (Suppl.) 5His English wife, whom he refers to fondly as the ‘Ingilsman’, has begun translating some of his..works.
2. An English-speaking South African; Engels-sprekende noun, see Engels noun sense 3 b; English noun sense b; Englishman sense 2 a. See also Engels noun sense 2 a.
Note:
Usually used of white persons.
1943 [see Dutchman sense 1 b].
1949 C. Bullock Rina 28‘You’re only an Engelsman, and would not understand’, he said scornfully...English, or South African English, I might be, but I had a good knowledge of more than one Native tongue.
1980 Sunday Times 12 Oct. 4The English daily newspaper, the Windhoek Advertiser, lashed back, asking..: ‘Does he perhaps think that the “Engelsman” is a hard-assed punk who has no feelings?’
1982 E. Prov. Herald 25 Feb. 25Newspapers are a vital part of our English heritage. It seems that wherever two or three Engelsmanne are gathered together you’ll find a mayor, a newspaper and a club.
1983 Frontline May 54They do a lot to help perpetuate the common Afrikaner belief that actually the Engelsman is a kind of halfway, fair-weather, South African.
1990 F. Bates in Style Oct. 78‘Hey, Engelsman,’ he said suddenly ‘Have some of this.’ And he held out a half-eaten koeksister as though offering a dog a scrap of food.
1991 A. Van Wyk Birth of New Afrikaner 63Michael Young, the lone Sap in our midst whom we all called Engelsman and who had long accepted his nickname goodnaturedly.
One from England.
An English-speaking South African; Engels-sprekendenoun, see Engelsnoun3 b; Englishnounb; Englishman2 a.
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