Pronunciation Noun

dutch (plural dutches)

  1. (slang) wife

dutch (dutches, present participle dutching; past and past participle dutched)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Dutch#English|Dutch, treat cocoa with alkali

Pronunciation Adjective

dutch (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the Netherlands, the Dutch people or the Dutch language.
  2. (archaic or regional, except in set terms) Pertaining to Germanic-speaking peoples on the European continent, chiefly the Dutch, the Germans, and the Goths; Teutonic; Germanic. Especially refers to Germans, and specific use to established German-speaking communities in parts of the USA.
  3. (obsolete outside certain fixed expressions, or in the sense of "thrifty", pejorative) Substitute, inferior, ersatz (as seen in expressions such as Dutch courage, Dutch treat, Dutch oven and Dutch comfort), or thrifty, (See Dutch treat; compare go Dutch.)
  4. (South Africa, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Pertaining to Afrikaner culture (Cape Dutch)
Translations Proper noun
  1. The main language of the Netherlands and Flanders (i.e., the northern half of Belgium); Netherlandic.
  2. (archaic) German; the main language of the Holy Roman Empire (Germany, Austria, Alsace, Luxembourg).
Translations Noun
  1. (collective) The people of the Netherlands.
    The Dutch will vote on the matter next month.
  2. (South Africa, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Afrikaner people (Cape Dutch)
  3. (collective) The Pennsylvania Dutch people,
Translations Verb

dutch (Dutches, present participle Dutching; past and past participle Dutched)

  1. To treat cocoa beans or powder with an alkali solution to improve the color or flavor.

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