Hottentot

noun
Hot·​ten·​tot | \ ˈhä-tᵊn-ˌtät How to pronounce Hottentot (audio) \

Definition of Hottentot

often offensive

First Known Use of Hottentot

1677, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Hottentot

Afrikaans

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