baas

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See also: bas and bås

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch baas. Doublet of boss.

Noun[edit]

baas (plural baases)

  1. (South Africa) An employer, a boss. Frequently as a form of address.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 40:
      ‘That's not what I'm complaining about, Baas,’ said Gordon.
    • 1932, George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God, Hesperus Press Limited 1961, p. 11:
      ‘Excuse me, baas,’ she said, 'you have knowing eyes.'

Etymology 2[edit]

Inflected forms.

Noun[edit]

baas

  1. plural of baa

Verb[edit]

baas

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of baa

Anagrams[edit]


Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch baas (boss), from Middle Dutch baes (master of a household, friend), from Old Dutch *baso (uncle, kinsman), from Proto-Germanic *baswô.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

baas (plural base, diminutive basie)

  1. boss

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • English: baas

References[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch baes (master of a household, friend), from Old Dutch *baso (uncle, kinsman), from Proto-Germanic *baswô. Cognates include Middle Low German bās (supervisor, foreman), Old Frisian bas (master); possibly also Old High German basa ("father's sister, cousin"; > German Base (aunt, cousin)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /baːs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: baas
  • Rhymes: -aːs

Noun[edit]

baas m (plural bazen, diminutive baasje n, feminine bazin)

  1. boss, chief, superior
  2. employer, manager
  3. (Belgium) strong or tough guy
  4. (video games) boss
  5. (figurative) crack, master, expert at something
  6. (figurative) whopper, large one in its kind
  7. (diminutive: baasje) fellow, boy, especially a youngling or novice

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Afrikaans: baas
  • English: boss
  • Indonesian: bas (boss)
  • Sranan Tongo: basi
  • West Frisian: baas

Hiligaynon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish bajar.

Verb[edit]

báas

  1. diminish, lessen

Karao[edit]

Noun[edit]

baas

  1. coffee dreg (left on a cup or kettle)

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French bas.

Adjective[edit]

baas

  1. Alternative form of bas

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French base.

Noun[edit]

baas

  1. Alternative form of base