[bawr, bohr, boo r; Dutch boor]


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

Examples from the Web for boer

Contemporary Examples of boer

Historical Examples of boer

  • Nice lil thing, too; some of the Boer girls, you know; but not much ballast at her at all.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • He had served through the Boer and the Spanish-American wars with distinction.

    The Pirate of Panama

    William MacLeod Raine

  • This does not happen to the Boer, who always wears a broad-brimmed hat.

  • It was the same as regards the great plateau and the Boer emigrants who dwelt there.

  • But the most delightful of all Boer customs was the custom of flogging by pipes.

British Dictionary definitions for boer


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper