- a member of a nomadic pastoral people of SW Africa
- the Khoisan language of this people
Origin of HottentotAfrik, literally , hot and tot, echoic of click consonants characteristic of the language
nounpl. Hottentot, or Hot·ten·tots Offensive
- A Khoikhoi person.
- Any of the Khoisan languages of the Khoikhoi.
Origin of HottentotAfrikaans
From Dutch variously ascribed to mean stutterer; and from hot en tot being an approximation of common sounds in the Khoi language. First known use 1677 (in Dutch).