Definition of deurmekaar in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌdjəːməˈkɑː/


[predicative] South African informal
In a state of muddle or confusion: my tenants left the house so deurmekaar, I’ll never get it straight
More example sentences
  • As far as reading the manual goes… after reading 3 pages I normally forget my first name - getting really deurmekaar to say the least.
  • Leon dressed himself up like this boer, called ‘Rooi Willie’, with a big red beard and big deurmekaar hair and every time Jan speaks Leon would go like ‘Roep!’
  • And as I said, there was no name tag, anything, but I was also so deurmekaar, I didn't even ask him his name or anything.


Afrikaans, from Dutch dialect variants of door elkaar, literally 'through one another, interchangeable'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.