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The French word gueux (beggar) was taken from Middle Dutch 'guit' meaning beggar, small criminal. Today 'guit' means wag, little rogue in Dutch.



geus (not comparable)

  1. belonging or related to the political party of the geuzen (see below)
  2. protestant



geus m, f (plural geuzen, diminutive geusje n)

  1. (mainly in the plural, also capitalized, Geuzen, m) a polemic term for the supporters of a political party in the Spanish Netherlands, which became the enemies of the Spanish crown, formalised in 1566
  2. as their 'heirs', the protestants in the Low Countries, especially as opposed to Catholics
  3. shortened form of geuzelambiek m, a beer type orignally brewed in the 'rue des Gueux' in Brussels, hence the name.
  4. (possibly of different etymology) f or m originally a geuzenvlag; now a small type of flag, flown at a ship's bowsprit

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  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]