Definition of knobnose in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɒbnəʊz/

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historical, rare South African
  • Designating the Tsonga people of Southern Africa. Chiefly in "knobnose kaffirs".

    Generally regarded as offensive.


historical, rare South African
  • With capital initial. A member of the Tsonga people of Southern Africa.

    Generally regarded as offensive.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Standard. From knob + nose, after South African Dutch Knopneus, lit. ‘knob-nose, button-nose’, former designation of the Tsonga people by European settlers (although this is first attested slightly later: 1840 or earlier in an English context, used attributively, 1959 or earlier as a plural noun Knopneuzen (in a German context); Afrikaans Knopneus, Knoopneus).