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[bawr, bohr, boo r; Dutch boor] /bɔr, boʊr, bʊər; Dutch bur/
a South African of Dutch extraction.
of or relating to the Boers.
Origin of Boer
1825-35; < Afrikaans < Dutch: peasant, farmer. See boor
Can be confused
boar, Boer, boor, bore. Unabridged
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  • Nice lil thing, too; some of the Boer girls, you know; but not much ballast at her at all.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He had served through the Boer and the Spanish-American wars with distinction.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • It was the same as regards the great plateau and the Boer emigrants who dwelt there.

  • This does not happen to the Boer, who always wears a broad-brimmed hat.

  • But the most delightful of all Boer customs was the custom of flogging by pipes.

British Dictionary definitions for Boer


/bʊə; ˈbəʊə; bɔː/
noun, adjective
  1. a descendant of any of the Dutch or Huguenot colonists who settled in South Africa, mainly in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal
  2. (as modifier): a Boer farm
Word Origin
C19: from Dutch Boer; see boor
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Word Origin and History for Boer

"Dutch colonist in South Africa," 1824, from Dutch boer "farmer," from Middle Dutch, cognate with Old English gebur "dweller, farmer, peasant," and thus related to bower, German Bauer, and the final syllable of neighbor (see boor). Boer War (1899-1902) was technically the Second Boer War, there having been a brief preview 1880-1881.

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