handlanger

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch handlanger "assistant", "helper".

Noun[edit]

handlanger (plural handlangers)

  1. (South Africa) An unskilled assistant to an artisan.
    • 1976 Het Suid Western "...building himself brick by brick, with his wife as his only handlanger".
    • 2005 The SABC launches a new reality show: The Handlanger. The series will follow a group of aspirant gophers as they compete to become the handlanger of fertilizer tycoon Danie Tromp, writes Not the M&G television watcher.

http://www.chico.mweb.co.za/art/2005/2005jan/050107-not-the-tv-2.html

Translations[edit]

References[edit]

1978: A Dictionary of South African English edited by Jean Branford. Oxford.


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

handlanger m (plural handlangers, diminutive handlangertje n)

  1. accomplice
  2. assistant; helper