- (chess piece): pion
- to farm
- to continuously encounter someone at a specific place
Hy boer daar by haar huis.
- He is always there at her house.
- to stay; to sojourn; to linger
Hy't die heel middag by daardie meisie geboer.
- He stayed over at that girl['s place] the whole afternoon.
Moenie op 'n vraag boer nie.
- Don't linger on a question.
See bo (“estate, nest”).
From Middle Dutch bure, from Proto-Germanic *būraz (“dweller, inhabitant”), thus originally the same as modern buur (“neighbour”). The form boer is that of many eastern dialects including Limburgish, where Germanic -ū- has been retained as a back vowel. In early modern Dutch these two dialectal forms were adopted as semantically distinguished words. Cognate to Old English būr, ġebūr (whence English bower) and Old High German būr (whence German Bauer).
- (male) farmer, peasant
- -boer (in compounds) merchant (and sometimes producer) of a certain product group, mainly foods, often named after it, e.g. melkboer 'milkman', groenteboer '(male) greengrocer'
- A boor, yokel, ruffian
- A jack (playing card)
- (farmer): bouwman
- (specialised merchants) groenteboer, melkboer, platenboer, visboer
- A burp