DSAE test file

juffrou, noun

Forms:
jevrouw, jufferShow more Also jevrouw, juffer, juffero, jufferow, juffrauw, juffrow, jufvrouw, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch jongvrouw, juffrouw (jong young + vrouw woman, madam, miss, mistress, lady).
Note:
‘Juffrou’ was also borrowed into British English directly from Dutch, but is now obsolete.
1. ‘Mistress’, a form of address or reference formerly meaning ‘Mrs’, and now ‘Miss’; a form of address or reference to a school teacher; also used as a title, with a surname; juffroutjie.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 118At taking leave, Juffrouw (Mrs.) Vermeulen..repeated her invitation for us to stop there on our return.
1981 Sunday Times 14 June 9‘He had two passions,’ said a former school teacher, Mrs van Dyk, still called ‘juffrou’ by everyone, ‘education and the mission field’.
2. As a common noun.
a. A young woman; jonge vrouw.
1837 N. Polson Subaltern’s Sick Leave 1104At about two o’clock the Dutch take their siesta and on rising from their beds the coffee or teapot is introduced and kept by the juffrouw’s side till night.
1976 A. Delius Border 322We used to tease him..saying he must have some beautiful juffrauw hidden in the woods.
b. A female teacher.
1980 Het Suid-Western 6 Aug.[A] Six-year-old..this week handcuffed his nursery school principal..‘I let him handcuff me. He was most proud because he had now caught his “juffrou”.’
1984 B. Johnson-Barker in Wynboer June 72To learn to sign his name. If he had the time the next day, he might consider speaking to the juffrou about it.
‘Mistress’, a form of address or reference formerly meaning ‘Mrs’, and now ‘Miss’; a form of address or reference to a school teacher; also used as a title, with a surname; juffroutjie.
A young woman; jonge vrouw.
A female teacher.

Visualise Quotations

Quotation summary

Senses

18241984