kleurling, noun

Forms:
Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
kleurlings, occasionally kleurlinge /ˈkliœ(r)ləŋə/, and (formerly) kleurlingen.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, kleur colour + -ling, the (often pejorative) noun-forming suffix indicating ‘a person or thing belonging to or concerned with (what is denoted by the primary noun)’.
1. Often derogatory coloured noun.
1908 I.W. Wauchope Natives & their Missionaries 3The Dutch are a very logical people. In their logic a Kleurling, or coloured person, is not ‘man’ but a ‘creature’.
1969 J.M. White Land God Made in Anger 197There are perhaps two thousand of these coloured or Kleurling people in South West Africa...An off-shoot of the million-and-a-half strong Coloured community in the West Cape, they are intelligent and clever with their hands.
1975 Sunday Times 21 Sept. 21To them I was just a man who happened to be a Kleurling from Kaapstad.
1979 Sunday Times 26 Aug. (Extra) 3This kleurling who was sitting like a proper white man at one of his rickety tables.
1981 Sunday Times 22 Feb. (Extra) 3As mixed, you can [be] a bank manager, a street sweeper or city council member. Such is the exclusive scope of us kleurlinge.
1987 M. Melamu Children of Twilight 50When the baby was born, it was a kleurling...A bastard in the family. The father must be a verdomste Kaffer!
1990 Frontline Mar.Apr. 22When we get to Harmony Park the coloured guy is telling me about nomenclature. This thing about ‘bruinmense’ is bad news, he says, ‘We’re Coloureds, Kleurlinge, that’s what we should be called, not “bruinmense”.’
1991 [see Bantu noun sense 1].
2. combination
Kleurling-Afrikaans, a derogatory name for Afrikaans as spoken by (Cape) ‘coloured’ people. See also kitchen Dutch (kitchen noun sense 2 b).
1981 V.A. February Mind your Colour 95The ‘coloured’ objection to Small’s exploitation of a particular brand of Afrikaans is worthy of a closer look. It has been variously called Kaaps (i.e. the language from the Cape), even facetiously Capey language, and Kleurling-Afrikaans (Coloured-Afrikaans). It is looked upon as a mark of low social status and cultural inferiority.
colourednoun.
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