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[koo-lee] /ˈku li/
noun, plural coolies. adjective
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  • The advance guard, in cooly garb, carried away the abandoned imperialist tents.
  • They had arranged a code of signals and cooly planned to take the house by storm.
  • He is greeted cooly and becomes discouraged and home sick.
British Dictionary definitions for cooly


noun (pl) -ies
a cheaply hired unskilled Oriental labourer
(derogatory) an Indian living in South Africa
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi kulī, probably of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kūli hire, hireling
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