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List of English words of Dutch origin
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List of English words of Dutch origin

This is a list of words of Dutch language origins can be found in the following English language cognates. However, note that this list does also include some words of which the etymology is uncertain, and that some may have been derived from Low Saxon equivalents instead or as well.

EnglishDutchMeaning (if different)
aardvarkaardvarken 
ahoyhoihello
apartheidapartheid(via Afrikaans)
bermberm 
to bluffbluffento brag
boomboomtree
bossbaas 
brandy/ brandy winebrandewijnlit. burn wine
bundlebundel 
buoyboeishackle or buoy
to cacklekakelen 
coleslawkoolsla 
cookiekoekje 
cruise(door)kruisento cross paths or to cross
deckdekcovering (entered English as "the cover over a ship's hold")
(boat)dockdok 
to drilldrillen 
dike, dykedijkwall to prevent flooding
easelezelor. donkey
to etchetsen 
(to) filibustervrijbuiterfrom Spanish filibustero --> French filibustier --> Dutch vrijbuiter, pirate
freebootervrijbuiter 
freightvracht 
frolicvrolijkcheerful, gay
furloughverlofpermission (to leave)
gasgasNeologism from Christiaan Huygens, derived from the Greek "Kaos"
ginjenever 
to grabgrijpento seize, to grasp, to snatch
guildgildeprecursor to unions
halibutheilbotlit. holy flounder
to hoisthijsen 
holsterholster 
HottentotHottentot 
icebergijsberg 
keelkiel 
to keelhaulkielhalenlit. to haul keel
knapsackknapzaklit. bag of food
landscapelandschap 
leaklek 
lotteryloterij 
maelstrommaalstroom 
manekinmannekenlit. small man
measlesmazelen 
morassmoeras 
offalafvallit. "that which falls off"
polderpolder 
pumppomp 
quackkwakzalverlit. someone who daubs ointments
rosterroosterschedule, or. grating
to roverovento rob
rucksackrugzaklit. back-bag
Santa ClausSinterklaasSaint Nicholas
scowschouw 
skate, to skateschaats, schaatsen 
sketchschets 
skipperschipperlit. shipper
to snacksnakkento gasp (or. to eat)
sled, sleighslede, slee 
sloopsloep 
to slurpslurpen 
smacksmak 
to smeltsmeltento melt
to smugglesmokkelen 
snuffsnuiftabaklit. sniff tobacco
splintersplinter 
to splitsplijten 
spookspookghost(ly image)
to stokestokenstoke a fire
stoopstoeppavement/sidewalk
stovestoof 
wafflewafel 
wagonwagencart, carriage, wagon
yachtjachtor. hunt
yankeeJan KeesPersonal name, originally used mockingly
to describe pro-French revolutionary
citizens, with allusion to the small
keeshond dog, then for "colonials" in New
Amsterdam)

lit.: the literal meaning of the Dutch word (the actual meaning is similar to the English one)
or.: the word originally had the meaning specified, but is in Dutch also used with the same meaning as in English

See also: Lists of English words of international origin

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