Other Word Forms
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”).