Kaffir meaning

kăfər
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A non-believer.
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(south afr.) A black African.
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(South Africa, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
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(South Africa) An offensive term for a black person.
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(often offensive) A Kafir.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kaffir
Plural:
kaffirs

Origin of kaffir

  • Arabic kāfir infidel (applied to the non-Muslim peoples of southern Africa originally by Muslim merchants and slave-traders operating in the region before the arrival of Europeans) giaour

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic كفار (kaffār, “infidel”) or كافر (kāfir, “unbeliever”), both from كفر (káfara, “to cover, to hide”).

    From Wiktionary