(in South Africa) a deep glen; ravine.

Origin of kloof

1725–35; < Afrikaans; akin to cleave2
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Examples from the Web for kloof

Historical Examples of kloof

  • I do know it; I have been sure of it from the moment when first we met, that night by the kloof.

  • It was situated in a kloof of the mountain down which a rivulet flowed.

    Maiwa's Revenge

    H. Rider Haggard

  • However, I was not going to be beaten, so I just turned and marched for the kloof.

    Long Odds

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The Dutch doublet is kloof, a chasm, gully, familiar in South Africa.

  • The Hottentot was one employed at Dale's Kloof, and knew him.

    A Simpleton

    Charles Reade

British Dictionary definitions for kloof



a mountain pass or gorge in southern Africa

Word Origin for kloof

C18: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch clove a cleft; see cleave 1
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