Meaning of dorp in English:


Pronunciation /dɔːp/


South African
  • A small rural town or village (often used to suggest that a place is backward or unimpressive)

    ‘dreary little dorps’
    • ‘So, into the sleepy dorp we journeyed, a long line of disparate vehicles including cars, 4x4s, vehicles towing caravans, and trucks.’
    • ‘I found a ‘Dorp’ aesthetic which in most ways was relevant to South Africa dorps, but had some commonality with other places outside SA.’
    • ‘The Hopes concept has been exported from South America to South Africa and is now being used in varying forms in dorps as far afield as Oranje and Grahamstown.’
    • ‘They were drawn from regions such as Soweto, Pretoria, and Johannesburg and more obscure dorps like Winterveldt.’
    • ‘East London is generally seen as a backyard dorp with little or no talent, but it's competitions like these that give you a good indication of what a nurturing ground we are.’


Dutch, ‘village’ (see thorp).