moeder, noun

Origin:
Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Dutch, subsequently Afrikaans.
obs.
A mother; also used as a respectful form of address to an older woman. Also (as an endearment) moedertjie [see -ie].
Note:
Usually included by writers to suggest Afrikaans dialogue.
1798 Lady A. Barnard in Lord Lindsay Lives of Lindsays (1849) III. 430‘Good morrow, moeder!’ said Gaspar to an old Hottentot woman with a dog running by her side.
1798 Lady A. Barnard in Lord Lindsay Lives of Lindsays (1849) III. 468Myhneer was at the Cape, but we were received by the old moeder, by his daughter-in-law, two daughters, and a granddaughter of her own.
1913 A.B. Marchand Dirk, S. African 226 (Swart)‘Come, moeder’, he said, ‘What do you think?’
1920 R.Y. Stormberg Mrs Pieter de Bruyn 22Dear Moeder, it’s a crazy kind of letter you’ll have this time.
1920 R.Y. Stormberg Mrs Pieter de Bruyn 50So don’t distress yourself, dear Moedertje.
A mother; also used as a respectful form of address to an older woman. Also (as an endearment) moedertjiesee -ie.

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