kind, noun

kinders /ˈkən(d)ə(r)s/, formerly also kinder, kinderen.
Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Dutch (plural kinderen), later Afrikaans (plural kinders).
Usually in the plural : Children.
Hence kinderkins obsolete [English dimunitive suffix -kin], little children.
1798 Lady A. Barnard in Lord Lindsay Lives of Lindsays (1849) III. 454We had a good many kinder baptized, the boys in their little man’s nightcaps.
1827 T. Philipps Scenes & Occurrences 12The boor puts his vrouw and kinders into the wagon, lights his pipe and sets off to travel five hundred miles with as much ease as we should ten in England.
1852 A.W. Cole Cape & Kafirs 53A stout, happy-looking old boer and his frouw and kinderen.
1872 C.A. Payton Diamond Diggings 106He has with him not only his ‘vrouw’ and ‘kinders,’ i.e. wife and children, but a lot of Kafirs.
1879 R.J. Atcherley Trip to Boërland 78You are not supposed to shake hands with him (sc. the Boer) alone, but to extend the same form of salute to his vrouw and to every one of the kinderkins present.
1881 P. Gillmore Land of Boer 106Pater and Henrick want to see their frows and kinderkins.
1882 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 87I had large numbers of non-English-speaking Dutchmen, their ‘vrouws’ and their ‘kinderen’, amongst my audiences.
1911 L. Cohen Reminisc. of Kimberley 70‘Here’s your money, Piet; give these to your frau and kinder as a present’.
1931 G. Beet Grand Old Days p.xvEven the phlegmatic old Boer..trekked forth from his ‘plaas’ at the back of beyond, along with his vrouw and kinders, intent on acquiring riches.
, little children.

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