flauw, adjective

Forms:
Also flow, flaauw.
Origin:
Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Dutch (Afrikaans flou).
obs.
Faint, weak.
1834 T.H. Bowker Journal. 19 Dec.While in Salem river find an Old Joker who had lost himself, his horse is flow.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 513One of our after oxen fell down from exhaustion, being what the Dutch call ‘flaauw’, faint.
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 173Flauw, Used of men and animals when exhausted by vigorous or long-sustained effort.
Faint, weak.
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