Meaning of kloof in English:


Pronunciation /kluːf/


  • (in South Africa) a steep-sided, wooded ravine or valley.

    ‘One can only marvel at the vision of Andrew Geddes Bain, South Africa's famous pioneer road builder, who laid out the road that threads its way through the kloof well over more than a century ago.’
    • ‘They were, in fact, driven back up the kloof by the swarm, and one of them was badly stung.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent


Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch clove ‘cleft’.