rooinek

noun
roo·​i·​nek | \ ˈrüēˌnek \
plural -s

Definition of rooinek

southern Africa, usually disparaging
: britisher

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First Known Use of rooinek

1891, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rooinek

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

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“Rooinek.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rooinek. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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