Dutchman



[duhch-muh n] /ˈdʌtʃ mən/

noun, plural Dutchmen.
1.
a native or inhabitant of the Netherlands.
2.
(lowercase) Building Trades. a piece or wedge inserted to hide the fault in a badly made joint, to stop an opening, etc.
3.
Theater. a narrow strip of canvas to conceal the join between two flats.
4.
Slang: Sometimes Offensive. a term used to refer to a German.
/ˈdʌtʃmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a native, citizen, or inhabitant of the Netherlands
2.
a piece of wood, metal, etc, used to repair or patch faulty workmanship
3.
(South African, often derogatory) an Afrikaner
n.

“Dutch ship,” 1650s, from Dutch (adj.) + man (n.). References to the ghost ship called the Flying Dutchman seem to begin early 19c. (see flying).

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