Definition of Kaffir in English:

Kaffir

Pronunciation /ˈkafə//ˈkafɪə/

noun

  • 1South African offensive An insulting term for a black African.

  • 2offensive An insulting term used by some Muslims for non-Muslims.

  • 3historical A member of a people of the Hindu Kush mountains of NE Afghanistan, who did not convert to Islam until the 19th century.

Origin

Late 16th century (in Kaffir (sense 2)): from Arabic kāfir ‘infidel’, from kafara ‘not believe’.

Pronunciation

Kaffir

/ˈkafə//ˈkafɪə/