Definition of Kaffir in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkafə/


1 offensive, chiefly South African An insulting term for a black African.
2 (kaffir or kafir) offensive An insulting term used by some Muslims for non-Muslims.
3 (Kafir) chiefly historical A member of a people of the Hindu Kush mountains of NE Afghanistan, who did not convert to Islam until the 19th century.


Late 16th century (in Kaffir (sense 2)): from Arabic kāfir 'infidel', from kafara 'not believe'.

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