Meaning of Kaffir in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkafə/


  • 1mainly South African offensive An insulting term for a black African.

  • 2

    (also kaffir, kafir)
    offensive An insulting term used by some Muslims for non-Muslims.

  • 3

    (also Kafir)
    mainly historical A member of a people of the Hindu Kush mountains of north-eastern Afghanistan, who did not convert to Islam until the 19th century.


Late 16th century (in Kaffir (sense 2)): from Arabic kāfir ‘infidel’, from kafara ‘not believe’.