Definition of Pennsylvania Dutch in English:

Pennsylvania Dutch

(also Pennsylvania German)


  • [mass noun] A dialect of High German spoken in parts of Pennsylvania, chiefly by descendants of 17th- and 18th-century Protestant immigrants.

    • ‘By ‘smear-case’ he meant Smierkase, a Pennsylvania Dutch term.’
    • ‘The Amish speak English, German, and a dialect known as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch.’
    • ‘I quickly made a virus called Heevahava, the name being a Pennsylvania Dutch pejorative for a simpleton, colloquially - a farmhand given the job of harvesting sperm from a bull.’


Dutch from German Deutsch German.


Pennsylvania Dutch