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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kaf-er, kah-fer]
    • /ˈkæf ər, ˈkɑ fər/
    • /ˈkæfə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kaf-er, kah-fer]
    • /ˈkæf ər, ˈkɑ fər/

Definitions of kaffir word

  • noun plural kaffir Disparaging and Offensive. (in South Africa) a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person: originally used of the Xhosa people only. 1
  • noun plural kaffir (lowercase) kafir (def 4). 1
  • noun plural kaffir (lowercase) Islam. kafir (def 2). 1
  • noun kaffir (South Africa, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A black person. 1
  • noun kaffir (in southern Africa) any Black African 0
  • noun kaffir (among Muslims) a non-Muslim or infidel 0

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Origin of kaffir

First appearance:

before 1780
One of the 45% newest English words
First recorded in 1780-90, Kaffir is from the Arabic word kāfir unbeliever, infidel, skeptic

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kaffir popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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