One of the pickets has just come in, and he says, sir, that every blamed Injun is up in the north woods.
"Injun's on top," he diagnosed sententiously after a minute.
"Tame Injun," Injun said solemnly, which was as near a joke as he ever came in the years Whitey knew him.
“Heap big Injun chief,” announced Bobby, prancing about in his suit.
But New Mexico's that full of horse thieves and Injun skunks that an honest man can't live.
He made a business of shootin' 'em on sight—a reg'lar Injun stalker!
He said ole Major Grumpy was tearin is hair like a wild Injun at th railroad unions.
"Why, this is what they call Injun picture writing," replied Red, obligingly.
He was carryin' the Injun fixin's and laffin'; laffin', why you'd think hit wus the bigges' frolik in the world.
If you live like Injun, no worry 'bout food, go out shoot 'em.
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.