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Definition of the noun kaffir

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noun - plural:

  • kaffir: kaffirs
  • Kaffir: Kaffirs

  1. important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth-edged leaves
  2. an offensive and insulting term for any Black African

Alternative definition of the noun kaffir


  1. [context: South Africa, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur] A black person.


  1. Kaffir: The word kaffir is used in South Africa to refer to a black person. Now widely considered an offensive ethnic slur, it was formerly a neutral term for South African blacks.
  2. Kaffir: The word Kaffir was used in English, Dutch and, later, Afrikaans, from the 16th century to the early 20th century as a general term for several different peoples of southern Africa. In Portuguese the equivalent cafre was used. Outside this historical context, the word is today seen as a very offensive term of abuse.

Phrases with Kaffir

  1. kaffir cat
  2. kaffir pox
  3. kaffir boom
  4. kaffir corn
  5. Kaffir lime
  6. Kaffir-Lily
  7. kaffir bread
  8. Kaffir Potato
  9. Afroforficula Kaffir

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Kaffir

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Google previewNative Peoples of the World (2015)

An Encylopedia of Groups, Cultures and Contemporary Issues by Steven L. Danver

Kaffir is a Muslim Arabic-derived word meaning “nonbeliever,” used in reference to Africans in parts of the Indian Ocean world—primarily southern Africa and the Indian Subcontinent—who originally did not follow Islam or the earlier monotheist ...

Google previewThe Spectator (1902)

Still, the Kaffir is the great problem.

Google previewIntercultural Alliances (2003)

Critical Transformation by Mary Jane Collier

The word kaffir is a derogatory term used to refer to black Africans. It has the same emotional resonance in South Africa as the term nigger has in the United States. Derived from an Arabic term for “nonbeliever,” it was 130 • INTERCULTURAL ...

Google previewFermented Foods and Beverages of the World (2010)

by Jyoti Prakash Tamang, Kasipathy Kailasapathy

Kaffir is an alcoholic drink that has been developed to industrial scale production. It is made from malted sorghum and corn grits. The methods of production of other beers such as pito, busaa, shekete, bauoza, the Ethiopian talla, and the ...

Google previewJourneys Beyond Gubuluwayo. (2017)

To the Gaza, Tonga and Lozi. Letters of The Jesuits' Zambesi Mission, 1880-1883 by Roberts, R.S.

But the Kaffir is an excellent liar! • • • • • From Membova to Shesheke, 15 June – 1 July 1881 DIARY OF THE JOURNEY OF FR DEPELCHIN* Wednesday, 15 June. Membova The Barotse fleet left Membova bay and went down the river; ...

Google previewThe Diner's Dictionary (2012)

Word Origins of Food and Drink by John Ayto

Kaffir is a South African word. Derived from Arabic kāfir 'infidel', it was originally used (from the late sixteenth century) to denote a member of the Xhosa people. It was soon being applied indiscriminately to any black South African, and by at ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Kaffir language. Kaffir-English (1872)

by William J. Davis

The author, from a long residence in Kaffirland, and among the Zulus of Natal, has had acquaintance with both the Xosa Kaffir, spoken by the Amaxosa tribes, who live in Kaffirland beyond the Eastern Frontier of the Cape Colony, and also with ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Swearing (2015)

The Social History of Oaths, Profanity, Foul Language, and Ethnic Slurs in the English-speaking World by Geoffrey Hughes

Like the compared terms, kaffir has at its root the notion of the infidel, being derived from Arabic kafir meaning an unbeliever, from the Muslim point of view. A letter written in 1799 noted that Tipoo Sultan “wished to drive the English Caffers out ...

Google previewCRC World Dictionary of Plant Names (1999)

Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology by Umberto Quattrocchi

camel lemon, kaffir melon, kaffir water melon Paraguay: mimioj6 Mozambique: calavatxa, djena, goune, lifula zam, mboem- boe, vixua Southern Africa: bitterappel, bitterboela, bitterkalabas, bit- terkarkoer, bitterwaatlemoen, bitterwaterboela, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the British Empire (1996)

by James Stuart Olson, Robert Shadle

KAFFIR. The term "kaffir" (sometimes spelled "caffre") was derived from the Arabic word meaning "unbeliever" or "infidel," and it originally was applied as a general term for non-Muslims. When questioned by the newly arrived Portuguese in the ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of Modern Slang (2010)

by John Ayto, John Simpson

K kaffir kagg kale kaput kark karzy kaylied kidvid a television or video programme made for children kettle. K1 noun Brit Abbreviation of...

kaffir ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Sri Lanka (2015)

by Patrick Peebles

KAFFIR and the case against the suspects whom the government arrested was dismissed for lack of evidence. Anura Bandaranaike succeeded him as foreign minister. See also FOREIGN POLICY. KAFFIR. Kaffirs are an ethnic group in ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-century Land Warfare (2001)

An Illustrated World View by Byron Farwell

Kaffir Wars (1781-1879). The word "kaffir," originally used by Arab slavers to denote unbelievers or heathens, came to be used in nineteenth-century South Africa to refer to any Bantu, particularly a member of the Xhosa tribe. Today in South ...

Google previewDictionary of Nutrition and Food Technology (2016)

by Arnold E. Bender

(great millet, kaffir corn, guinea corn). See under sorghum. Judas goat Sheep cannot readily be driven to slaughter but will follow a goat. A Judas ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (2009)

by David A. Bender

Kaffir corn is *millet, kaffir manna corn is *sorghum. corn, flour Flour corn is a variety of *maize with large, soft grains and...

(kaffir, corn)SeeSORGHUM. corn, knocked Orkneys, historical; threshed barley lightly bruised in a mortar with warm ...

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Scrabble value of K5A1F4F4I1R1

The value of this 6-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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