DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch boef, boeve, bouve, from Old Dutch *buovo, from Proto-Germanic *bōbô, a reduplicated form of *bō- (father, brother, male relative).

Cognate with English bub, Pennsylvania Dutch Bub, German Bube, Icelandic bófi (rogue, knave). Related also to English babe, English boy.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /buf/
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  • Hyphenation: boef
  • Rhymes: -uf

NounEdit

boef m (plural boeven, diminutive boefje n)

  1. crook, thief, thug
  2. rascal, scamp

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DescendantsEdit

  • Afrikaans: boef