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joiner, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital, and yoiner.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Special senses of English joiner one who joins (an organization).
1. In historical contexts. A derogatory term (equivalent to ‘traitor’) used by the Boers of one who defected and fought with the British forces during the closing months of the Anglo-Boer War; hands-upper sense 1 b; hensopper sense 1 b; khaki Boer, see khaki adjective sense 1 b; cf. National Scout.
1902 L. Page et al. in A.C. Martin Concentration Camps (1957) 106We..request you..not to allow Yoiners of the National and Intelligence Scouts in the camp during the war...They consider the ex-Yoiners as traitors.
1990 E. Prov. Herald 9 Feb. 5It was not with the joiners and the hensoppers that peace was concluded then. It was with the bittereinders.
2. transferred sense. A collaborator; an opportunist.
1973 M. Van Biljon in Star 8 Sept. 6There’s Dr. Connie Mulder..calling the members of Verligte Aksie and ASASA ‘Joiners’.
1990 Sunday Times 1 July 31There was some concern about B—’s intentions when he entered the recent Canadian Open as British...The South African sports writers were disgusted...At a Press conference, one openly called him a ‘joiner’ — an opportunist.
A derogatory term (equivalent to ‘traitor’) used by the Boers of one who defected and fought with the British forces during the closing months of the Anglo-Boer War; hands-upper1 b; hensopper1 b; khaki Boer, see khakiadjective1 b;
A collaborator; an opportunist.

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