boef

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch boef, boeve, bouve, from Old Dutch *buovo, from Proto-Germanic *bōbô, a reduplicated form of Proto-Germanic *bō- (father, brother, male relative). Cognate with English bub, Pennsylvania Dutch Bub, German Bube, Icelandic bófi (rogue, knave). Related also to English babe, English boy.

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Noun[edit]

boef m (plural boeven, diminutive boefje n)

  1. thief
  2. rascal

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