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n. pl. Hottentot or Hot·ten·tots Offensive
1. A Khoikhoi person.
2. Any of the Khoisan languages of the Khoikhoi.



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



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


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


Hottentotte m, → Hottentottin f
(Ling) → Hottentottisch nt
References in classic literature ?
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.
Continental dialects, African dialects, Hottentot PICKERING.
These, from their regular form and position, reminded me of the drawings of the Hottentot habitations in Southern Africa.
From the sorrow of a Hottentot to that of a woman in large buckram sleeves, with several bracelets on each arm, an architectural bonnet, and delicate ribbon strings, what a long series of gradations
Four hundred pounds, or I'm a Hottentot," he concluded.
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.