baas

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See also: bas and bås

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch baas.

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]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

baas (plural [please provide])

  1. boss

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/
  • Rhymes: -aːs
  • (file)

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. (figuratively) crack, master, expert at something
  6. (figuratively) whopper, large one in its kind
  7. (diminutive: baasje) fellow, boy, especially a youngling or novice

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]


Hiligaynon[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish bajar.

Verb[edit]

báas

  1. diminish, lessen