AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, klap flap + broek trousers.
Men’s trousers with a front flap fastened by buttons on both sides; flap-trousers. Also attributive.
1936E. RosenthalOld-Time Survivals 25The idea of the klapbroek or flapped trousers, which carry a strap at the waist, is a survival on African soil of a garment worn by Continental ‘villeins’ in the 16th century.
1937F.B. YoungThey Seek a Country 404Nobody would have taken him for an Englishman in his check shirt, his flapped leathern klapbroek trousers and thong-sewn veld-schoens and wide brimmed straw hat.
1937S. CloeteTurning Wheels 417Scorning belts or braces, [these men] held up their trousers, which were of the klapbroek kind with a flap in the front, by means of draw-strings.
1944J. MockfordHere Are S. Africans 62Trousers were of the klapbroek type with a flap that buttoned up in front like navvies’ corduroys.
1958A. JacksonTrader on Veld 35The old adherents of the Dopper sect preferred a Klapbroek.
1972A.A. TelfordYesterday’s Dress 119Trousers were of the ‘klapbroek’ type, and had in place of the centre fly opening, a flap (hence the name) fastened at the sides with buttons.
1975D.H. StruttClothing Fashions 213Leather klapbroeke were made short because if allowed to get wet, when dried they were harsh and stiff — hence the English name for them, crackers...Klapbroeke were sometimes called nierknypers (kidney-pinchers).
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