maid, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Calqued on Afrikaans meid female servant, black woman.
offensive
1. A demeaning term for a black woman (of any age, and not necessarily in domestic service).
1961 T. Matshikiza Choc. for my Wife 126They laughed into their big police van...‘The maid is now called wife, caw, caw’.
1962 L.E. Neame Hist. of Apartheid 84A Non-White person..a ‘maid’, a sub-human, a member of a child race created by a benevolent Deity to serve the material interests of the superior race.
1987 O. Prozesky Wrath of Lamb 11My mother was a teacher once, but all her life she was a ‘girl’ or a ‘maid’.
1988 A. Van Niekerk in Staffrider Vol.7 No.2, 39The resoluteness, the sacrifice and suffering of women, ranged against tyranny of those who call us maids.
1991 Informant, GrahamstownPlease get me some tomatoes from the maids outside Checkers.
2. combination
maid’s meat, boy’s meat (see boy sense 1 c).
1975 Sunday Times 12 Oct. 16This syndrome is as South African as boerewors and pap — or rather, maid’s meat.
A demeaning term for a black woman (of any age, and not necessarily in domestic service).
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