- 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
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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Examples from the Web for dutchman
The Dutchman was transferred in August when he allegedly threatened to kill the prison warden.
The head of the prison says Figueroa fabricated the story as a ploy to get the Dutchman transferred.
Police even arrested a Dutchman recently just because he owned a tire business.Ukraine Protesters Turn Stun Guns On Each Other
January 30, 2014
This piece is called “Extension Chair,” designed by the young Dutchman Sjoerd Vroonland for the Moooi company.Genetically Modified Furniture
March 13, 2013
Now they face the sobering reality that the young Dutchman could be out of prison in a matter of months.Could an Insanity Plea Free Joran van der Sloot?
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March 8, 2011
If he doesn't fail some day, and make a lot of money, I'm a Dutchman.In the Midst of Alarms
"I'll take two to one The Dutchman gets it," said a backer of that horse.
He fell to wondering whether The Dutchman might not beat Lucretia.
You are to buy The Dutchman as cheap as you can, and run him as your own horse in the Eclipse.
She'd win in a walk; unless The Dutchman was at his best when he might give her an argument.
- 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
Word Origin and History for dutchman
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