1. a derog. term for a black person.
|Conquest of the Orient II i 1: He learnt that the whole people of the island of S. Lorenzo [...] were black Cafres with curly hair like those of Mozambique.|
|Journal of Journey from Cape of Good Hope in Moodie (1888) I 67: We arrived in 4 hours at the spring called Kruger’s Kraal, the boundary of the Christians and Kafirs. [Ibid.] 68: Several Kafirs came to us from their chief Sambee.|
|Travels I 282: Fear made them imagine that they saw Caffres everywhere.|
|Grahams Town Jrnl 19 June 2/4: Caffer irruption [...] The gallant little patrole [...] killed eleven Caffers .|
|Kendal Mercury 2 Oct. 4/5: She Kaffirs, who unblushingly expose to the sun and moon almost all [etc.].|
|Young Tom Hall (1926) 19: She couldn’t bear the idea of her dear boy being cut up by the Caffres.|
|Kaffir War 508: Last night seven of the School Kaffirs with their families decamped.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 May 2/6: William Wright, a foreigner, very much like a Caffre.|
|Gaslight and Daylight 135: Whether the wretch was a Caffre, or a Zooloo something, or Hottentot [...] it matters not.|
|South Africa II 458: Our duty to the kafir of course is to civilize him.|
|Six Months at the Cape 44: The Red Kaffir is in truth a savage.|
|Story of African Farm (1975) You child, of the child, of the child of a kaffir’s dog, come here!:|
|Queenstown Free Press (S.Afr.) 29 July n.p.: A Kafir brought me for sale a nesting owl.|
|Ballads (1893) 19: The Kaffir grovelled under-hoof and clamoured for his life.‘Ballad of the King’s Mercy’ in|
|Truth (Sydney) 29 Apr. 1/6: A young lady, insulted by a kaffir, used her tennis raquet to good effect.|
|Punch January 1031/3: To Col R.S.S. Baden-Powell, of Mafeking. A Message Per Kaffir Runner.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 21 July 4s/2: You may reason with a Kaffir, you may Christianise a Hun.|
|Greenmantle (1930) 188: I have been for years up and down in Africa [...] I know the ways of the Kaffir as no Englishman does.|
|Diary 7 Mar. 12: I saw a few Kaffir kraals inhabited by what are called ‘blanket Kaffirs’.|
|Bayete! 247: Half your time is spent running after a lot of stinking kaffirs.|
|Banjo 155: ‘Stand off, you bloody kaffir – nigger!’ said the white.|
|Pulps (1970) 12/2: I have seen him take two quarreling Kaffirs [...] and knock their heads together.‘The Greek Poropulos’ in Goodstone|
|Red Roses for Me Act I: We want no coon or Kaffir industry in our country.|
|Young Traveller in S. Afr. 50: Always ready with some bad old name like Kaffir or Nigger or Tottie for the Bantu.|
|Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 25: Not even a kaffir-woman. Or a coolie-woman.|
|Dance in the Sun 24: The kaffirs and the koelies will know their place. [...] All the educated Kaffirs should be shot.|
|Transvaal Episode 343: A lot of bloodthirsty black Kaffirs who’d murder me the first chance.|
|Children of Yesterday 36: You can see it is used to shouting ‘you bloody kaffir’, and to hitting the ‘black kaffir’.|
|Blue Fire 216: The officer concluded that it had been the act of some ‘Kaffir’.|
|Four People 68: Here, Kaffir, get along!|
|The Brave Remain 96: Two lithe men entered and said, ‘Follow us, Kaffir.’ To be called Kaffir by other Africans was too much.|
|Bandiet 143: He could point a finger at him and shout ‘kaffir!’ The young black man smiled.|
|Call Me Not A Man 64: When I meet you in the street I’m going to shoot you, kaffer!‘Glimpse of Slavery’|
|inWrath of the Lamb 22: The White Republicans labelled Joshua a ‘blaspheming kaffir’ in their publications, and the Pan Azanian Front dismissed him as an ‘Uncle Tom in love with his chains’.|
|Mooi Street (1994) 282: He doesn’t like you, that guy. He said so. He tunes me – where’s the cheeky kaffir today?‘Mooi Street Moves’|
|Guardian Editor 28 Jan. 7: The laws on racial and sexual discrimination include a ban on words ‘kaffir’ and ‘coolie’.|
|www.acidalex.com [Internet] 25: When that dirty filthy fucking kaffir was hurting Tracey.‘The Smell of Tears’ at|
|Ace’s View [Internet] These children known as izikhotane (the boasters) are the descendant of South Africans who were once regarded as ‘kaffirs’ (niggers) under European colonialism.|
2. a pimp, an unpleasant person.
|Acid Alex 17: They agreed unanimously that the mashonas were all a rotten bunch of Bad Kaffirs.|
3. a generic name for any indigenous language spoken in S. Africa.
|Truth (Sydney) 23 Aug. 3/3: ‘Sacca borna,’ Mister Norton / (Witch are Kaffre for ‘good day’).|
4. an insult, irrespective of race.
|All Sloper’s Half-Holiday VI 268 15 June 1/3: [cartoon caption] ‘One hundred francs, you scoundrel, for a bottle of dirty claret! [...] Take that, you dirty kaffir!’ .|
|Edinburgh Eve. News 16 Sept. 2/5: [She] was fined 10s. for using improper language [...] having called her husband a bleary-eyed Kaffir, a Bashi-Bazouk, a Bulgarian atrocity, an ugly monkey, a baboon.|
the Cape provinces; latterly South Africa.
|Voyage to the Cape of Good Hope I 335: The elephants in this colony are now becoming more wary, withdrawing [...] into Cafferland.|
|Grahams Town Jrnl 19 June 2/5: Extracts from my letter from an eye-witness of the late interesting events in Cafferland.|
|Caledonian Mercury 22 Sept. 2/4: The distinct boundary that divides Caffer Land [...] from that held by Dutch Boers.|
|Case of the Colonists 71: Kaffirland, a country of mountain, of forest.|
|Maids and Madams (1980) 219: Fifty-five Kaffir women arrived here from Grahamstone on their way to Kaffirland.in Cook|
|General Bounce (1891) 81: The dreamer looked forward [to] nightwatches in a savage country — for the 20th were even then in Kaffirland.|
|Gaslight and Daylight 83: The adventurous sketching journeys he has undertaken [...] when lion-hunting in Caffreland.|
|Letters from the Cape (1875) 336: I would have run up Algoa Bay or East London, by sea, and had a glimpse of Caffreland.3 May|
|Aberdeen Eve. Exp. 15 May 3/2: [headline] Uneasiness in Kaffirland.|
|Hist. of the Battles and Adventures of the British, the Boers, and the Zulus II 33: It was the frontier Kafirs, under the great chief Sandilli – that is, Kafirland proper – who had made war.|
|Fire Trumpet III 134: He cracked his fingers in the direction of Kafirland.|
|Daily Press (Newport News, VA) 4 Oct. 5/4: There are fairies of all kinds in Kaffir-land — so at least you would be told by the [...] children.|
|Kaffirs are Lively 97: The old frontier Boers [...] consolidated their encroachments in Kaffraria, or ‘Kaffirland’, by seizing water-holes. [Ibid.] 189: He returned as a qualified preacher to ‘Kaffirland’.|
|Journals of E. Lees-Price 230: Africans living on the borders of Cape Colony in Kaffirland.|
|Dinner of Herbs 19: About the year 1846 when small bands of ‘Wild Kaffirs’ frequently strayed from [...] the borders of ‘Kaffirland’ and infiltrated into the surrounding districts.|
|Maids and Madams 219: Travelling to Kaffirland must have been hazardous.|
|My Traitor’s Heart (1991) 48: He said, ‘These kaffirs must all go back to kaffirland.’.|
(S.Afr.) one who is deemed (by racists) to to be overly friendly to blacks.
|IOL News (Western Cape) 4 June [Internet] Shaik claimed he was beaten up and called k*****-lover.|
(S.Afr.) a large, heavy meal.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
to deteriorate, to decline socially .
|King of the Bastards 3: ‘He thought no more of such things than our own young men who go to the Kaffirs,’ said Carolus Buys.|
a generic term for black people.
|Fire Trumpet II 3: Jack Kafir [...] has the bump of acquisitiveness very highly developed.|
|’Tween Snow and Fire 76: We’ll pay off some old scores on Jack Kafir’s hide.|
pidgin Zulu language.
|Thoughts in a Makeshift Mortuary 92: Though she came from Natal, she did not use the pidgin Zulu once known as kitchen kaffir, but now that the word ‘kaffir’ was acknowledged as insulting, called Fanagalo.|
1. a derog. term for a white perceived as behaving badly by their peers.
|Secret Service in S. Afr. 183: Here and there one comes upon creatures who have chosen deliberately the lot of the white Kaffir. They are invariably degenerates.|
|Separate Development 104: ‘My blood’s all right. Skin’s the problem. Say a whitekaffir, then . . . ’ ‘Well, I suppose you mean as opposed to a Bantu, a non-white, an African, a native, or an ordinary common-or-garden kaffir?’.|
2. a white who has become overly close to or assimilated into the black community.
|Natal Witness 31 July n.p.: One of the white caffers have [sic] been taken into custody on suspicion [DSAE].|
|DSAE].Life and Sport in South-Eastern Afr. 264: In my opinion the Dutch Boer is little else than a White Kaffir [|
|DSAE].Outspan 27: You can’t imagine — my surprise when I found that my naked white Kaffir sailor-friend, Sebougwaan, was the man of the hour [|
|Leaven 38: ‘He educated a kaflr girl and married her. That’s the result,’ Betts indicated the huts ... ‘He’s a white kafir now, with plenty of time on his hands for educating his nigger family.’.|
|Secret Service in S. Afr. 182: Most of the whites living in seclusion with native wives have much the same excuse. [...] Naturally, any social relationship with white neighbours ceased [...] and in the course of a few years the white Kaffir has become absolutely irreclaimable.|
|DSAE].South Africans 209: (Swart), In the old days men, thrusting their ancestry, their traditions [...] completely behind them, became what people sometimes call in South Africa ‘white Kaffirs’ [|
|DSAE].Rina 91: Sailors who were shipwrecked or had deserted from their ships had sometimes sought refuge in African kraals and become ‘white kaffirs’ [|
|DSAE].Wagon on Fin 88: If he appeared familiar and friendly with the Africans, the white people dubbed him a white kaffir, a destroyer of white prestige, and ostracized him from their social life [|
|DSAE].Chetoko 150: Trelawney’s his name .. and he’s a white Kaffir ... He’s gone native [|
|Muzzled Muse: Lit. and Censorship in S. Afr. 92: A bus driver, for example, throws him from a whites-only bus, calling him a white kaffir.|
|No Space on Long Street (2000) 7: ‘Full of hippies,’ that’s what Gracie said. ‘Druggies. Queers. White Kaffirs.’.|
|(con. 1922)White Rising 149: For many whites, to be ground down into poverty and dependence was to become a ‘white kaffir’.|
3. an albino.
|Where’s the Madam? 164: He and his charwoman wife had between them bred three ‘white Kaffirs’ — albino natives with white hair, pink eyes, white freckled skin, yet unmistakable native features.|
|informant in DSAE.|
|Separate Development 31: ‘White kaffir!’ His words carried very well. In fact they were positively bruited abroad. Passersby took the full force of them and stared at me.|
|My Traitor’s Heart (1991) 50: An albino came in. The Greeks started taunting him, saying, ‘You’re a white kaffir, aren’t you, a white kaffir, hey?’.|