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Kaffir Line breaks: Kaf¦fir
Pronunciation: /ˈkafə/

Definition of Kaffir in English:


offensive , chiefly South African
An insulting and contemptuous term for a black African.


The word Kaffir is first recorded in the 16th century (as Caffre) and was originally simply a descriptive term for a particular ethnic group. Now it is always a racially abusive and offensive term when used of people, and in South Africa its use is actionable.


From Arabic kāfir 'infidel', from kafara 'not believe'.

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