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Hindoo

[hin-doo] /ˈhɪn du/
noun, plural Hindoos, adjective
1.

Hindu

or Hindoo

[hin-doo] /ˈhɪn du/
noun
1.
a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
adjective
2.
of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.
Origin of Hindu
1655-1665
1655-65; < Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix
Related forms
non-Hindu, noun, adjective
pro-Hindu, adjective
pseudo-Hindu, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Hindoo
Historical Examples
  • In Hindoo females there is a prominent trait which deserves to be commended.

    The Hindoos as they Are Shib Chunder Bose
  • A Hindoo is a Hindoo and a brother to the man who knows his vernacular.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • This practice has locally decreased the population, while in all other Hindoo sects it is rapidly increasing.

    Reminiscences Hans Mattson
  • Not much to be seen in the shops except London brasswork and Hindoo gods.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • This tact lends some support to W. Simpson's theory that the Hindoo temple is derived from a sepulchral structure.

  • A Hindoo family are in fact installed and preparing their repast.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • I had not been there for more than three minutes when the Enigma's Hindoo bearer entered.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • There is no doubt that he told him I was not the doctor's brother, nor a Hindoo pilgrim.

    In the Forbidden Land Arnold Henry Savage Landor
  • YOU assume that the Hindoo conspirators could by no possibility commit a mistake.

    The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • It is always employed by Hindoo poets as an equivalent of our magnet.

British Dictionary definitions for Hindoo

Hindoo

/ˈhɪnduː; hɪnˈduː/
noun, adjective (pl) -doos
1.
an older spelling of Hindu
Derived Forms
Hindooism (ˈhɪndʊˌɪzəm) noun

Hindu

/ˈhɪnduː; hɪnˈduː/
noun (pl) -dus, -doos
1.
a person who adheres to Hinduism
2.
an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism
adjective
3.
relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India
Word Origin
C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi
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Word Origin and History for Hindoo

old anglicized form of Hindu (q.v.).

Hindu

1660s, from Persian Hindu (adjective and noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Sanskrit sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. The Hindu Kush mountain range is said to mean literally "Indian killer," and was said to have been the name given by the Persians to a pass where their Indian slaves had perished in winter, but this is likely folk etymology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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