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  1. (in South Africa) a member of the most conservative Afrikaner Church, which practises a strict Calvinism
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Word Origin

C19: from Afrikaans, of unknown origin
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Historical Examples

  • Dopper, dop′er, n. a member of a rigid religious sect in South Africa.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • The presence of this ever-growing multitude was felt to be a perpetual menace to Dutch, and more especially to Dopper supremacy.

  • These are the four great (p. 181) events of the Dopper year, and of this tiny city's business life.

  • "Not in such a 'urry by 'arf, you perishin' Dopper," spluttered the ghastly little man in bandoliers behind the weapon.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • But there were kopjes ahead, sown with fierce Dopper Boers, and those tempting wagons were only to be reached over their bodies.

    The Great Boer War

    Arthur Conan Doyle