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Injun

[in-juh n] /ˈɪn dʒən/
noun, Older Use: Often Offensive.
1.
an American Indian.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; variant of Indian, with assibilated d; cf. Cajun
Usage note
Injun is an informal, nonstandard spelling of Indian. See also honest Injun.
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British Dictionary definitions for Injun

Injun

/ˈɪndʒən/
noun
1.
(US) an informal or dialect word for (American) Indian
2.
(interjection) (slang) honest Injun, genuinely; really
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Word Origin and History for Injun
n.

1812 (from 1683 as Ingin), spelling representing American English colloquial pronunciation of Indian (q.v.). Honest Injun as an asseveration of truthfuless first recorded 1868, from the notion of assurance extracted from Indians of their lack of duplicity.

"Honest Injun?" inquired Mr. Wilder, using a Western phrase equivalent to demanding of the narrator of a story whether he is strictly adhering to the truth. ["The Genial Showman," London, 1870]
The term honest Indian is attested from 1676.

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