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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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  • Footnote 347: See admissions of the Boer Generals quoted supra.

  • Then he went into the bar-room to speak to the Englishman's Boer driver.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Yes,” grunted the Boer after puffing away; “he said it was very good, and that we were to go.

    The Kopje Garrison George Manville Fenn
  • I do hope not that story about the unwashed Boer and the cake of soap!

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • There was no leering and hideous grinning at us, however, as the rider's head had been blown clean away by a Boer shell.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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