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[dawrp] /dɔrp/
a village; hamlet.
Origin of dorp
1560-70; < Dutch; cognate with thorp Unabridged
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  • They were weary to death, and no dorp or farm was yet in sight.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • In the dorp yonder I met a man who had come from Port Elizabeth.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • It was like a colossal gathering for naachtmaal at a Dutch dorp, but every man was black.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • We are still at dorp House, and do not leave for some days yet.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • To show you how civilised we are at the 'dorp, we, when in standing camp, occasionally have a chance of getting a drink of beer.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • The snipers followed us about half the distance to the dorp and we had quite a warm little rearguard action.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • dorp House was within easy reach of the city, so that no business obstacle interposed.

    Juggernaut George Cary Eggleston
  • Governor dorp was himself in the fort, straining every nerve to extinguish the flames, and to hold this most important position.

  • Colonel dorp said openly that it was a shame for the country to refuse their own natural-born Count for strangers.

  • Just as we were about to camp outside the dorp, our scouts exchanged a few shots with those of the enemy.

British Dictionary definitions for dorp


(archaic or South African) a small town or village
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch: village; related to thorp
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