See also: dutchman

English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle English Ducheman; equivalent to Dutch +‎ -man.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʌt͡ʃmən/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌtʃmən

Noun edit

Dutchman (plural Dutchmen)

  1. A Dutch man; a man from the Netherlands.
    • 1880 [1610 March 13], Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, “The Astronomical Messenger”, in Edward Stafford Carlos, transl., The Sidereal Messenger of Galileo Galilei and a Part of the Preface to Kepler's Dioptrics Containing the Original Account of Galileo's Astronomical Discoveries: A Translation with Introduction and Notes, London: Rivingtons, translation of Sidereus Nuncius: [] , →OCLC, page 10:
      About ten months ago a report reached my ears that a Dutchman had constructed a telescope, by the aid of which visible objects, although at a great distance from the eye of the observer, were seen distinctly as if near; []
  2. A man of Dutch descent.
  3. (US) A male Pennsylvania German.
  4. (archaic or dated) A male German.
    • 1974, Robert Blair, Tales of the Superstitions: The Origins of the Lost Dutchman's Legend:
      [] There have been at least four legendary Lost Dutchman's gold mines in the American West, including the famed Superstition mine of Jacob Waltz.
  5. (South Africa, derogatory, ethnic slur) A male white Afrikaner.
    • 1990, Rian Malan, My Traitor's Heart: Blood and Bad Dreams, page 54:
      [] the tyranny of the rockspiders, crunchies, hairybacks, ropes, and bloody Dutchmen. Those were the names by which we referred to Afrikaners.
  6. (nautical) Ellipsis of Flying Dutchman.: a ghost ship

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the Dutchman

  1. (US) A nickname for President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    • 2003, James Bradley, chapter 8, in Flyboys, New York: Little, Brown and Company:
      President Roosevelt called a press conference in the Oval Office. [...] when asked where the Billys had originated, the Dutchman smiled broadly [...].