Definition of Kaffir

1. Noun. Important for human and animal food; growth habit and stem form similar to Indian corn but having sawtooth-edged leaves.

Exact synonyms: Great Millet, Kaffir Corn, Kafir Corn, Sorghum Bicolor
Generic synonyms: Sorghum

2. Noun. An offensive and insulting term for any Black African.
Exact synonyms: Caffer, Caffre, Kafir
Language type: Depreciation, Derogation, Disparagement
Geographical relationships: Republic Of South Africa, South Africa
Generic synonyms: Black African

Definition of Kaffir

1. n. One of a race which, with the Hottentots and Bushmen, inhabit South Africa. They inhabit the country north of Cape Colony, the name being now specifically applied to the tribes living between Cape Colony and Natal; but the Zulus of Natal are true Kaffirs.

Definition of Kaffir

1. Proper noun. (obsolete) A blanket term for various native peoples of southern Africa. ¹

2. Proper noun. (South Africa) An offensive term for a black person. ¹

3. Proper noun. A non-believer. ¹

4. Noun. (context: South Africa pejorative offensive ethnic slur) A black person. ¹

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Definition of Kaffir

1. kafir [n -S] - See also: kafir

Lexicographical Neighbors of Kaffir

kaffir boom
kaffir bread
kaffir cat
kaffir corn
kaffir lime
kaffir limes

Literary usage of Kaffir

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Uncivilized Races of Men in All Countries of the World by John George Wood (1882)
"Kaffir from childhood to age 13 47. S. Old councillor and wives 13 48. 4. Kaffir crail.e 18 49. 6 Yonng Kaffir armed 21 50. 6. Kaffir postman 21 51. 1. ..."

2. Farm and Garden Rule-book: A Manual of Ready Rules and Reference with by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1911)
"1 White Kaffir Corn — Shall be pure white of choice quality, sound, dry, ... 4 Red Kaffir Corn — Shall be seven-eighths red that is badly damaged, damp, ..."

3. A History of England and the British Empire by Arthur Donald Innes (1915)
"The series of Kaffir wars had at last inspired in the Kaffirs a reasonable respect for the British arms ; but the benevolent administration of the British ..."

4. Among the Zulus and Amatongas: With Sketches of the Natives, Their Language by David Leslie, William Henry Drummond (1875)
"X.—A Kaffir HUNTER'S STORY. To " Wild life," with all its freedom and enjoyment, there is, not unfrequently, a tragic side, caused in many cases by quarrels ..."

5. Fraser's Magazine for Town and Country (1878)
"But before proceeding further with our narrative, we shall attempt a brief sketch of the Kaffir races which inhabit the region between the frontiers of the ..."

6. Fraser's Magazine (1878)
"THE Kaffir WAR. BY AN ENGLISH OFFICER IN SOUTH AFRICA. N important step in the cou- solidation of our South African possessions received lately a brief ..."

7. A Tour in South Africa: With Notices of Natal, Mauritius, Madagascar, Ceylon by Joseph John Freeman (1851)
"THE present Kaffir war gives fresh importance to Cape Kaffir history, and a due estimate of that history is indispensable to forming a correct judgment on ..."

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