- noun one’s wife. This hundred-year-old piece of cockney usage is still heard (invariably in the form ‘my old Dutch’), although now often used facetiously or self-consciously. It may be a shortening of duchess (originally ‘Duchess of Fife’, rhyming slang for wife), or she may be so-called after ‘an old Dutch clock’ (a homely piece of furniture with a broad open dial).
- noun a friend, mate. A second cockney sense of the word comes from the rhyme ‘Dutch plate’.
- adjective coming from or made in the Netherlands