[ duhch ]
/ dʌtʃ /
of, relating to, or characteristic of the natives or inhabitants of the Netherlands or their country or language.
pertaining to or designating the style of painting and subject matter developed in the Netherlands during the 17th century, chiefly characterized by the use of chiaroscuro, muted tones, naturalistic colors or forms, and of genre, landscape, or still-life subjects drawn from contemporary urban and rural life.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Archaic. German; Teutonic.
Idioms for Dutch
go Dutch, Sometimes Offensive. to have each person pay his or her own expenses: a dinner where everyone goes Dutch.Also go dutch.
in Dutch, Sometimes Offensive. in trouble or disfavor (with someone): in Dutch with the teacher for disturbing the class.
Origin of Dutch
1350–1400; Middle English Duch < Middle Dutch duutsch Dutch, German(ic); cognate with Old High German diutisc popular (language) (as opposed to learned Latin), translation of Latin (lingua) vulgāris popular (language)
OTHER WORDS FROM Dutchpre-Dutch, adjectivepseu·do-Dutch, adjective
usage note for Dutch
The idioms go Dutch (related to Dutch treat ) and in Dutch (which uses Dutch to mean “trouble”) are both sometimes perceived as insulting to or by the Dutch. In addition, the adjective Dutch is found in a few other set phrases ( Dutch courage, Dutch gold, and Dutch uncle ) in which it implies that something Dutch is not authentic. Although insulting a particular person or nationality may be unintentional, it is best to be aware that use of these terms is sometimes perceived as offensive to or by the Dutch.
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British Dictionary definitions for in dutch (1 of 2)
/ (dʌtʃ) /
Cockney slang wife
Word Origin for dutch
C19: short for duchess
British Dictionary definitions for in dutch (2 of 2)
/ (dʌtʃ) /
the language of the Netherlands, belonging to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European family and quite closely related to German and EnglishSee also Flemish, Afrikaans
the Dutch (functioning as plural) the natives, citizens, or inhabitants of the Netherlands
See double Dutch
in Dutch slang in trouble
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Netherlands, its inhabitants, or their language
go Dutch informal to share expenses equally
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Idioms and Phrases with in dutch (1 of 2)
In trouble or disfavor, as in If I don't finish on time I'll really be in Dutch. This expression may allude to the stern reprimands of a Dutch uncle. [Slang; c. 1850]
Idioms and Phrases with in dutch (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with Dutch
- Dutch courage
- Dutch treat
- Dutch uncle
- beat all (the Dutch)
- double Dutch
- in Dutch
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