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.
1934 C.P. Swart Supplement to Pettman. 80Joiner, A word coined by the Dutch during the Anglo-Boer war and signifying a renegade, or a Boer who has deserted and ‘joined’ the ranks of the enemy.
1944 C.R. Prance Under Blue Roof 65Half his men were ‘joiners’ or ‘handsuppers,’ ‘vyf-sjieling verraiers,’ ever the harshest and least scrupulous in dealing with their own kin.
1957 A.C. Martin Concentration Camps 40Men who..had come to the conclusion that the continued prosecution of the war was against the interests of their own people and had thus thrown in their lot with the British...known as ‘Joiners’.
1970 S. De Wet in J.W. Loubser Africana Short Stories 92It wasn’t the khakies who treated us so badly...It was the handsuppers and the joiners, our own people working for the English.
1979 T. Pakenham Boer War (1982) 568There were already 5,464 handsuppers (or ‘ensoppers’ or ‘yoiners’) — Boers recruited to fight in the British army as National Scouts, guides, transport drivers and so on.
1979 E. Drummond Burning Land 411There were many Boers..who..refused to fight on and expressed a willingness to accept British rule, wanting only to get back to their farms and families. These men were dubbed ‘hands-uppers’ or ‘joiners’ by the militants.
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’.
1979 Sunday Times 15 June 10A glum view of Afrikaans members of the PFP. ‘Joiners and hensoppers,’ is what Mr van der Merwe called his opposition namesake.
1979 Sunday Times 16 Sept. 21Equally conspicuous was the hang-dog look of the hensoppers and joiners, the collaborators. Politically they were to be outcasts, skeletons well hidden away in the cupboard.
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.
Entry Navigation

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

19021990