smurf

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English[edit]

statuettes of smurfs

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Dutch smurf (via the Belgian comic De Smurfen, a translation of French Les Schtroumpfs), from French schtroumpf, a fantasy word that was made up by Peyo.

Armand van Raalte was an employee for the Belgian publisher of Peyo's stories who felt that schtroumpf sounded too much like German and would not catch on in the Netherlands, so he tried to find a simple word that could be used both as a noun and a verb. The result was smurf.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

smurf (plural smurfs)

  1. (comics, fictional character) A blue pixie with white stocking cap, from the media franchise The Smurfs.
  2. (Internet slang) A smurf account.
  3. (computing, security) A smurf attack.

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Verb[edit]

smurf (third-person singular simple present smurfs, present participle smurfing, simple past and past participle smurfed)

  1. (slang) Used to replace any other verb, as is typical of smurfs.
  2. (banking) To structure a deposit; to split a large financial transaction into smaller ones so as to avoid scrutiny.
  3. (computing, transitive) To carry out a smurf attack against someone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Philippa et alia (2003–2009), “smurf”, in Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands[1]

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Changed from the original French schtroumpf as described above.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

Noun[edit]

smurf m (plural smurfen, diminutive smurfje n)

  1. (comics, fictional character) smurf

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ M. Philippa et alia (2003–2009), “smurf”, in Etymologisch Woordenboek van het Nederlands[2]

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1983: after the English name of The Smurfs, via Dutch smurf from French schtroumpf. See above.

Pronunciation[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia fr

Noun[edit]

smurf m (plural smurfs)

  1. a sort of breakdancing
    Hypernyms: breakdance

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