Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[hou-lee, -ley] /ˈhaʊ li, -leɪ/
noun, Sometimes Disparaging.
(among Polynesian Hawaiians) a term used to refer to a non-Polynesian, especially a white person.
(among Hawaiians) a term formerly used to refer to any foreigner.
Origin of haole
1835-45; < Hawaiian: white person, (earlier) foreigner, foreign
Usage note
Haole is usually considered to be a neutral descriptive term. However, it is sometimes used with disparaging intent, arising from a distrust of foreigners or outsiders. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for haole
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • There he was, like any haole, driving straight toward the end determined.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • So it befell at last that he was recommended to a haole in Beritania Street.

    Island Nights' Entertainments Robert Louis Stevenson

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for haole

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for haole

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for haole