[ 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 confusedboar Boer boor bore Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 for Boer

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.

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