Origin of Hottentot
1670–80; < Afrikaans; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for hottentot
Displays of malformations were obviously often strikingly offensive, none more so than the “Hottentot Venus.”We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
She will have to decide now if she will become a Hottentot Venus or an ethnic version of a white ho.What Was Venus Thinking?
May 29, 2010
A Hottentot would not have been guilty of this sort of barbarism.American Notes
There'll be no harm done, for she'd as soon accept a Hottentot as a rich Jew.'Border Ghost Stories
On the south they are confronted with the Hottentot languages.
The Hottentot was one employed at Dale's Kloof, and knew him.
While they were chaffering, in walked a Hottentot, and said, "Will you buy this?"
- plural -tot or -tots a former name for Khoikhoi (def. 1)
- any of the languages of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
C17: from Afrikaans, of uncertain origin
When referring to the people the accepted word nowadays is Khoikhoi . Hottentot continues to be used for some animal and plant names, as in Hottentot fig
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Word Origin and History for hottentot
1670s, from S.African Dutch, said to mean "stammerer," it is from hot en tot "hot and tot," nonsense words imitative of the clicking, jerking Khoisan speech.
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