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Dutchman

[duhch-muh n]
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noun, plural Dutch·men.
  1. a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands.
  2. (lowercase) Building Trades. a piece or wedge inserted to hide the fault in a badly made joint, to stop an opening, etc.
  3. Theater. a narrow strip of canvas to conceal the join between two flats.
  4. Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a German.

Origin of Dutchman

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at Dutch, man1

Usage note

As used to refer to a German, the term Dutchman was originally standard English. But around the time of World War I, it became a slang term of contempt for the enemy. Its use nowadays is still sometimes perceived as insulting.
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  • If he doesn't fail some day, and make a lot of money, I'm a Dutchman.

  • "I'll take two to one The Dutchman gets it," said a backer of that horse.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • He fell to wondering whether The Dutchman might not beat Lucretia.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • You are to buy The Dutchman as cheap as you can, and run him as your own horse in the Eclipse.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • She'd win in a walk; unless The Dutchman was at his best when he might give her an argument.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser


British Dictionary definitions for dutchman

Dutchman

noun plural -men
  1. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Netherlands
  2. a piece of wood, metal, etc, used to repair or patch faulty workmanship
  3. Southern African often derogatory an Afrikaner
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dutchman

Dutchman

n.

"Dutch ship," 1650s, from Dutch (adj.) + man (n.). References to the ghost ship called the Flying Dutchman seem to begin early 19c. (see flying).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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