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Hot·ten·tot

 (hŏt′n-tŏt′)
n. pl. Hottentot or Hot·ten·tots Offensive
1. A Khoikhoi person.
2. Any of the Khoisan languages of the Khoikhoi.

[Afrikaans.]

Hottentot

(ˈhɒtənˌtɒt)
npl -tot or -tots
1. (Peoples) a former name for Khoikhoi1
2. (Languages) any of the languages of this people, belonging to the Khoisan family
[C17: from Afrikaans, of uncertain origin]
Usage: When referring to the people the accepted word nowadays is Khoikhoi. Hottentot is still used in some animal and plant names

Khoi•khoi

(ˈkɔɪˌkɔɪ)

n., pl. -khois, (esp. collectively) -khoi.
1. a member of any of a group of pastoral peoples, physically and linguistically akin to the San, who inhabited present-day Cape Province, South Africa, in the 17th century.
2. the Khoisan language or languages of the Khoikhoi, now principally represented by the speech of the Nama.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hottentot - any of the Khoisan languages spoken by the pastoral people of Namibia and South AfricaHottentot - any of the Khoisan languages spoken by the pastoral people of Namibia and South Africa
Khoisan, Khoisan language - a family of languages spoken in southern Africa
Translations

Hottentot

[ˈhɒtəntɒt]
A. ADJhotentote
B. N
1. (= person) → hotentote mf
2. (Ling) → hotentote m

Hottentot

n
Hottentotte m, → Hottentottin f
(Ling) → Hottentottisch nt
adjhottentottisch
References in classic literature ?
With their damned prate and civilities, and doing the honour of their nation to strangers (as they are pleased to call it), but indeed setting forth their own vanity; they are so troublesome, that I had infinitely rather pass my life with the Hottentots than set my foot in Paris again.
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
The Frenchman felt himself as much alone among them as if he had dropped down in the midst of Hottentots.
The Hottentots and Kickapoos are very well in their way.
The Hottentots eagerly devour the marrow of the koodoo and other antelopes raw, as a matter of course.
Under their auspices, Lieutenant (now Captain) Speke has associated with him Captain Grant, of the army in India; they have put themselves at the head of a numerous and well-equipped expedition; their mission is to ascend the lake and return to Gondokoro; they have received a subsidy of more than five thousand pounds, and the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope has placed Hottentot soldiers at their disposal; they set out from Zanzibar at the close of October, 1860.
This done, we wait until the palace is half-way up, and then we pay some tasty architect to run us up an ornamental mud hovel, right against it; or a Down-East or Dutch Pagoda, or a pig-sty, or an ingenious little bit of fancy work, either Esquimau, Kickapoo, or Hottentot.
The utmost I can do for him is to consider him a respectable Hottentot.
At last I secured two, one a Hottentot named Ventvogel, or "windbird," and one a little Zulu named Khiva, who had the merit of speaking English perfectly.
If it could be proved that the Hottentot had descended from the Negro, I think he would be classed under the Negro group, however much he might differ in colour and other important characters from negroes.
on his own back, why, good luck to them, and many a merry roadside adventure, and steaming supper in the chimney corners of roadside inns, Swiss chalets, Hottentot kraals, or wherever else they like to go.
He had brought back much scientific information from South Africa, and many a charming evening we have spent together discussing the comparative anatomy of the Bushman and the Hottentot.