Definition of Hottentot in English:

Hottentot

Syllabification: Hot·ten·tot
Pronunciation: /ˈhätnˌtät
 
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noun & adjective

offensive
  • Used to refer to Khoikhoi peoples.

Origin

Dutch, perhaps from a Nama dancing song, transferred by Dutch sailors to the people themselves, or from German hotteren-totteren 'stutter' (with reference to their language, in which clicking sounds are used).

Usage

The word Hottentot is first recorded in the late 17th century and was a name applied by white Europeans to the Khoikhoi. It is now regarded as offensive with reference to people and should always be avoided in favor of Khoikhoi or the names of the particular peoples. The only standard use for Hottentot in modern use is in the names of animals and plants.

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