Dutchman

[ duhch-muh n ]
/ ˈdʌtʃ mən /
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noun, plural Dutch·men.

a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands.
(lowercase) Building Trades. a piece or wedge inserted to hide the fault in a badly made joint, to stop an opening, etc.
Theater. a narrow strip of canvas to conceal the join between two flats.
Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a German.

Origin of Dutchman

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at Dutch, man1

Usage note

As used to refer to a German, the term Dutchman was originally standard English. But around the time of World War I, it became a slang term of contempt for the enemy. Its use nowadays is still sometimes perceived as insulting.
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British Dictionary definitions for dutchman

Dutchman

/ (ˈdʌtʃmən) /

noun plural -men

a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Netherlands
a piece of wood, metal, etc, used to repair or patch faulty workmanship
Southern African often derogatory an Afrikaner
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Word Origin and History for dutchman

Dutchman


n.

"Dutch ship," 1650s, from Dutch (adj.) + man (n.). References to the ghost ship called the Flying Dutchman seem to begin early 19c. (see flying).

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