Kaffir may refer to:


* Kafir, an Islamic term usually translated as "unbeliever" similar to the Christian word "pagan" or Hebrew word "koffer". In arabic it means "ingrate" and refers to someone ungrateful towards Allah.


* Kafiristan, the historic name for the Nuristan Province in Afghanistan (also a South African province)
* The Nuristani people descendants of the Hindukush Kafir people
* The Nuristani languages once called Kafiiri or Kafiristani
* Kafir harp


* The Nguni languages, called the Kaffa languages in the 19th century.
* Fanagalo, a Zulu based pidgin language once referred to as "Kitchen Kaffir".
* Kaffraria or British Kaffraria, a former designation for King William's Town and East London, South Africa.
* Kaffir boom, a species of tree in the Fabaceae family.
* A term used historically to refer to any of several southern African peoples, but now only used as
* South African ethnic slur for a black person. Thought to be borrowed from the language of the Cape Malay, who are an Islamic people.

outh Asia

*Sri Lanka Kaffir people, an ethnic group
*Sri Lanka Kaffir language, a creole spoken by that people


*Kaffir lime, a variety of lime native to Indonesia also known as a "makrut" lime.
*Kaffir lily, one of two flowers found in southern Africa:*Clivia miniata:*Hesperantha coccinea


*Sunbeam Kaffir, an engine from the Sunbeam Car Company
*Kefir or Kephir, a fermented milk drink from the Caucasus region

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  • Kaffir — Kaf fir (k[a^]f f[ e]r), Kafir Ka fir (k[aum] f[ e]r), n. [Ar. k[=a]fir infidel, pagan, fr. kafara to be skeptical in religious matters; a name given to certain infidel races by the Mohammedans. Cf. {Giaour}.] 1. (Ethnol.) (a) One of a race which …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Kaffir — ► NOUN offensive, chiefly S. African ▪ a black African. USAGE The word Kaffir was originally simply a descriptive term for a particular ethnic group. Now it is a racially abusive and offensive term, and in South Africa its use is actionable.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Kaffir — 1790, from Arabic qafir unbeliever, infidel, impious wretch, with a literal sense of one who does not admit the blessings of God, from kafara to cover up, conceal, deny. Technically, non Muslim, but in Ottoman times it came to be used almost… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Kaffir — [kaf′ər] n. [Ar kāfir, infidel < prp. of kafara, to be irreligious] 1. a) a member of any of several Bantu speaking peoples of S Africa b) XHOSA: in these senses, regarded as contemptuous 2. [k ] alt. sp. of KAFIR 3 …   English World dictionary

  • kaffir — /ˈkæfə/ (say kafuh) noun 1. Also, kaffir corn. any of certain grain sorghums, varieties of Sorghum bicolor, with stout, short jointed, leafy stalks, cultivated in South Africa. 2. → kafir. {See Kaffir.} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • Kaffir — Combava Cumbava …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Kaffir — /kaf euhr, kah feuhr/, n., pl. Kaffirs, (esp. collectively) Kaffir. 1. Disparaging and Offensive. (in South Africa) a black person: originally used of the Xhosa people only. 2. (l.c.) kafir (def. 4). 3. (l.c.) Islam. kafir (def. 2). [17 …   Universalium

  • kaffir — noun A black person. As far as I know, the first incident arose out of the intrusion of a strange kaffir at one of the outspans …   Wiktionary

  • kaffir — n a black person. A racist term used ini tially (and still) in South Africa to refer to indigenous blacks. (Kaffir was one 19th century name for Bantu speaking South African tribespeople, originating in the Arabic kafir: infidel.) The word is… …   Contemporary slang

  • Kaffir — [ kafə] noun offensive, chiefly S. African an insulting and contemptuous term for a black African. Origin from Arab. kāfir infidel , from kafara not believe . Usage The word Kaffir was originally simply a descriptive term for a particular ethnic… …   English new terms dictionary

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