Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch in English:

Pennsylvania Dutch

Line breaks: Penn|syl¦va¦nia Dutch
Pronunciation: /pɛnsɪlveɪniəˈdʌtʃ
 
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(also Pennsylvania German)

noun

[mass noun]
  • A dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania, chiefly by descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants.
    More example sentences
    • The Amish speak English, German, and a dialect known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch.
    • I quickly made a virus called Heevahava, the name being a Pennsylvania Dutch pejorative for a simpleton, colloquially - a farmhand given the job of harvesting sperm from a bull.
    • By ‘smear-case’ he meant Smierkase, a Pennsylvania Dutch term.

Origin

Dutch from German Deutsch 'German'.

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