plural -s
southern Africa, usually disparaging
: britisher

Word History


Afrikaans, from rooi red + nek neck, nape of the neck, from Middle Dutch neche nape of the neck; akin to Old High German hnac nape of the neck

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rooinek was in 1891

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“Rooinek.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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