gattes, noun

Forms:
Also chattes, ghattis.
Origin:
Yiddish, AfrikaansShow more Probably adaptation of Yiddish khates a bad person; but claimed by some to be an adaptation of vulgar Afrikaans gatte (plural form of gat, see gat sense 1).
derogatory
In the Jewish community: a derogatory term for an Afrikaner (noun sense 2 a).
1970 M. Weitzman Informant, JohannesburgGhattis. Afrikaner. The word Ghattis is taken from the word gat, which is used continually by the Afrikaner.
1983 L. Reich Informant, GrahamstownGattes is an inelegant Yiddish word for an Afrikaner which I don’t let anyone use in my presence.
In the Jewish community: a derogatory term for an Afrikaner (noun2 a).

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