/ (bɑːs) /

  1. a South African word for a boss: often used by Black or Coloured people addressing a White manager or overseer

Origin of baas

C17: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch baes master; see boss 1

Words Nearby baas

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How to use baas in a sentence

  • One baas was bigger than the other, and on his chest and on his body were pictures of birds, and beasts, and strange things.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • We knew then that his medicine was bad medicine, otherwise the white baas without the pictures could not have killed him.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • So we were wroth and made to slay the other baas, but he shot us down with a fire stick and returned to his own country in haste.

    Uncanny Tales | Various
  • They are just as much a manufactured article as the little woolly "baa-baas" in the baby's Noah's Ark.

  • Some already had them in hand, but delayed opening fire, a word from baas Rynwald restraining them.

    The Vee-Boers | Mayne Reid