- a South African of Dutch extraction.
- of or relating to the Boers.
Origin of Boer
Examples from the Web for boers
But the Boers can't do no harm to you with their fists at all—it's playing.The Manxman
Among the Boers of the Transvaal a large number are friendly to the English.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
That after all beats the record of the Boers, but they got complete independence.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Such had been, such were sure to be, the tactics of the Boers.
This was the more necessary because the Boers were known to be intensely suspicious.
- 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
- (as modifier)a Boer farm
Word Origin and History for boers
"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.