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Dutch \Dutch\, n.

  1. pl. The people of Holland; Dutchmen.

  2. The language spoken in Holland.


Dutch \Dutch\, a. [D. duitsch German; or G. deutsch, orig., popular, national, OD. dietsc, MHG. diutsch, tiutsch, OHG. diutisk, fr. diot, diota, a people, a nation; akin to AS. pe['o]d, OS. thiod, thioda, Goth. piuda; cf. Lith. tauta land, OIr. tuath people, Oscan touto. The English have applied the name especially to the Germanic people living nearest them, the Hollanders. Cf. Derrick, Teutonic.] Pertaining to Holland, or to its inhabitants.

Dutch auction. See under Auction.

Dutch cheese, a small, pound, hard cheese, made from skim milk.

Dutch clinker, a kind of brick made in Holland. It is yellowish, very hard, and long and narrow in shape.

Dutch clover (Bot.), common white clover ( Trifolium repens), the seed of which was largely imported into England from Holland.

Dutch concert, a so-called concert in which all the singers sing at the same time different songs. [Slang]

Dutch courage, the courage of partial intoxication. [Slang]

Dutch door, a door divided into two parts, horizontally, so arranged that the lower part can be shut and fastened, while the upper part remains open.

Dutch foil, Dutch leaf, or Dutch gold, a kind of brass rich in copper, rolled or beaten into thin sheets, used in Holland to ornament toys and paper; -- called also Dutch mineral, Dutch metal, brass foil, and bronze leaf.

Dutch liquid (Chem.), a thin, colorless, volatile liquid, C2H4Cl2, of a sweetish taste and a pleasant ethereal odor, produced by the union of chlorine and ethylene or olefiant gas; -- called also Dutch oil. It is so called because discovered (in 1795) by an association of four Hollandish chemists. See Ethylene, and Olefiant.

Dutch oven, a tin screen for baking before an open fire or kitchen range; also, in the United States, a shallow iron kettle for baking, with a cover to hold burning coals.

Dutch pink, chalk, or whiting dyed yellow, and used in distemper, and for paper staining. etc.

Dutch rush (Bot.), a species of horsetail rush or Equisetum ( Equisetum hyemale) having a rough, siliceous surface, and used for scouring and polishing; -- called also scouring rush, and shave grass. See Equisetum.

Dutch tile, a glazed and painted ornamental tile, formerly much exported, and used in the jambs of chimneys and the like.

Note: Dutch was formerly used for German.

Germany is slandered to have sent none to this war [the Crusades] at this first voyage; and that other pilgrims, passing through that country, were mocked by the Dutch, and called fools for their pains.


German \Ger"man\, n.; pl. Germans[L. Germanus, prob. of Celtis origin.]

  1. A native or one of the people of Germany.

  2. The German language.

    1. A round dance, often with a waltz movement, abounding in capriciosly involved figures.

    2. A social party at which the german is danced.

      High German, the Teutonic dialect of Upper or Southern Germany, -- comprising Old High German, used from the 8th to the 11th century; Middle H. G., from the 12th to the 15th century; and Modern or New H. G., the language of Luther's Bible version and of modern German literature. The dialects of Central Germany, the basis of the modern literary language, are often called Middle German, and the Southern German dialects Upper German; but High German is also used to cover both groups.

      Low German, the language of Northern Germany and the Netherlands, -- including Friesic; Anglo-Saxon or Saxon; Old Saxon; Dutch or Low Dutch, with its dialect, Flemish; and Plattdeutsch (called also Low German), spoken in many dialects.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., used first of Germans generally, after c.1600 of Hollanders, from Middle Dutch duutsch, from Old High German duit-isc, corresponding to Old English þeodisc "belonging to the people," used especially of the common language of Germanic people, from þeod "people, race, nation," from Proto-Germanic *theudo "popular, national" (see Teutonic), from PIE root *teuta- "people" (cognates: Old Irish tuoth "people," Old Lithuanian tauta "people," Old Prussian tauto "country," Oscan touto "community").\n

\nAs a language name, first recorded as Latin theodice, 786 C.E. in correspondence between Charlemagne's court and the Pope, in reference to a synodical conference in Mercia; thus it refers to Old English. First reference to the German language (as opposed to a Germanic one) is two years later. The sense was extended from the language to the people who spoke it (in German, Diutisklant, ancestor of Deutschland, was in use by 13c.).\n

\nSense narrowed to "of the Netherlands" in 17c., after they became a united, independent state and the focus of English attention and rivalry. In Holland, Duits (formerly duitsch) is used of the people of Germany. The Middle English sense survives in Pennsylvania Dutch, name of the people who immigrated from the Rhineland and Switzerland.\n

\nSince c.1600, Dutch (adj.) has been a "pejorative label pinned by English speakers on almost anything they regard as inferior, irregular, or contrary to 'normal' (i.e., their own) practice" [Rawson]. E.g. Dutch treat (1887), Dutch uncle (1838), etc. -- probably exceeded in such usage only by Indian and Irish -- reflecting first British commercial and military rivalry and later heavy German immigration to U.S.\n\nThe Dutch themselves spoke English well enough to understand the unsavory connotations of the label and in 1934 Dutch officials were ordered by their government to stop using the term Dutch. Instead, they were to rewrite their sentences so as to employ the official The Netherlands.


\nDutch oven is from 1769; OED lists it among the words describing things from Holland, but perhaps it is here used in the slighting sense. Dutch elm disease (1927) so called because it was first discovered in Holland (caused by fungus Ceratocystis ulmi).

n. (context slang English) wife


Dutch () may refer to:

Dutch (film)

Dutch (released in the UK and Australia as Driving Me Crazy) is a 1991 American road comedy-drama film directed by Peter Faiman (his second and last theatrical film, after "Crocodile" Dundee) and written by John Hughes. The original music score was composed by Alan Silvestri. The film stars Ethan Embry (as Doyle Standish), Ed O'Neill and JoBeth Williams with a cameo appearance by golfer great Arnold Palmer. O' Neill and Embry would work together again over a decade later in the 2003 version of the series Dragnet. Ari Meyers and E.G. Daily co-starred.

Dutch (nickname)

Dutch is the nickname of:

  • Dutch Boyd (born 1980), professional poker player
  • Dutch Clark (1906–1978), National Football League player and coach
  • Norman Cota (1893–1971), US Army major general in World War II
  • Darren Daulton (born 1962), Major League Baseball analyst; former player
  • Gustave Ferbert (1873–1943), football player and later head coach at the University of Michigan
  • Mort Flohr (1911–1994), American Major League Baseball pitcher in 1934
  • Dutch Holland (1903–1967), Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Kenny Howard (1929–1992), American artist
  • Petrus Hugo (1917–1986), South African Second World War flying ace
  • James H. Kindelberger (1895–1962), American aviation pioneer
  • Dutch Leonard (left-handed pitcher) (1892–1952), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dutch Leonard (right-handed pitcher) (1909–1983), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Dutch Lonborg (1898–1985), American collegiate basketball and football coach
  • Dutch Mason (1908–2006), Canadian blues musician
  • Dutch Meyer (1898–1982), American collegiate football coach
  • Ronald Reagan (1911–2004), 40th President of the United States
  • Dutch Ruppersberger (born 1946), U.S. congressman from Maryland
  • Dutch Schultz (1901–1935), American gangster
  • Alf Skinner (1894–1961), Canadian National Hockey League player
  • Dennis K. Stanley (1906–1983), American college professor and sports coach
  • Cornelius Warmerdam (1915–2001), American pole vaulter
  • Dutch Zwilling (1888–1978), Major League Baseball player

Usage examples of "dutch".

And because of the aberration of the Dutch and Belgians for neutrality there had been no staff consultations by which the defenders could pool their plans and resources to the best advantage.

Dutch Akin, and Dutch would certainly be there, right in the middle of that Las Vegas street, a gun ready to his hand.

Two Dutch soldiers were shot for striking their officers, but notwithstanding this severity desertion among the troops increased to an alarming degree.

You see a little ugly thing like an anatomized ape,--there, see,--he has just thrown down a chair, and, in stooping to pick it up, has almost fallen over the Dutch ambassadress,--that is Louis Armand, Prince of Conti.

The Port Dutch was a midtown hotel for millionaires of all kindsoil sheiks, arbitrageurs, rock legends, British royalsand its suites, two per floor facing Central Park across Fifth Avenue, almost always repaid a drop-in visit during the dinner hour.

In 1614, Captain Sir Samuel Argal, sailing under a commission from Dale, governor of Virginia, visited the Dutch settlements on Hudson River, and demanded their submission to the English crown and Virginian dominion.

Pavoniaso that the terrible Captain Argal passed on totally unsuspicious that a sturdy little Dutch settlement lay snugly couched in the mud, under cover of all this pestilent vapor.

Dutch traders were scrupulously honest in their dealings and purchased by weight, establishing it as an invariable table of avoirdupois, that the hand of a Dutchman weighed one pound, and his foot two pounds.

But Dutch Ton stood up, took the letter from Axel, who was looking a bit disappointed to have his services broken off so abruptly, and tucked the paper into a gap in his coat.

It would have been an absurd misfortune that eighty men stationed in that bailiwick should, for the sake of a few louis and a few ells of English cloth, have occasioned the confiscation of Hamburg, French, and Dutch property to the amount of 80,000,000 francs.

Malucas it is all islands, and on the south side are many uniting with those of Banda and Amboyna, where the Dutch carry on a trade.

Mijnheer Beek, as usual, took exception to everything, snapping away at Christina in his beautiful Dutch and sneering at her efforts to answer him in the same language.

It was during one such visit, about a week after Mijnheer Beek had returned home, that Christina, having helped her patient to undress and dress again after his examination, settled the old man in his chair once more and helped Mevrouw Beek fetch in the coffee, obediently sat down to drink her own, the signal for Mijnheer Beek to fire questions at her about this, that and the other thing, to be answered in correct Dutch.

Mijnheer Beek, in the prosiest of Dutch, told her off for being careless.

Dutch so that Mijnheer Beek pulled her up on every sentence she uttered, listening to her strangely meek apologies with disbelieving snorts.