One of the pickets has just come in, and he says, sir, that every blamed Injun is up in the north woods.
That flag it heap pretty but wherever Injun see it he see sorrow and death for Injun.
"Tame Injun," Injun said solemnly, which was as near a joke as he ever came in the years Whitey knew him.
“You make the big talk, Injun,” sneered Smith, but his mouth was dry.
But New Mexico's that full of horse thieves and Injun skunks that an honest man can't live.
Big Injun ain't, though; he ain't ready fur any sich a thing.
He said ole Major Grumpy was tearin is hair like a wild Injun at th railroad unions.
I opened it, an' there was a stranger—a Injun—lookin' like a drowned rat.
He was carryin' the Injun fixin's and laffin'; laffin', why you'd think hit wus the bigges' frolik in the world.
We're pullin' out soon as Injun draws us some travelin' rations.
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.