boor

\ \ [15] Boor was borrowed into English either from Low German hūr or from Dutch boer (BoerDutch colonist in South Africa’ is a later, 19thcentury borrowing). When first acquired it meant ‘peasant farmer’, and did not develop its modern explicit connotations of coarseness and rudeness until the 16th century. Its ultimate source was the Germanic base *- ‘dwell’, so its original meaning was something like ‘person who lives in a particular place’ (the related neighbour was literally ‘someone who lives nearby’). Other English words from the same source include be, booth, boundintending to go’, bower, build, burly, byelaw, byre, and the -band of husband.
\ \ Cf.BE, BOER, BOOTH, BOWER, BUILD, BURLY, BYELAW, BYRE, HUSBAND, NEIGHBOUR

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