old siwash

Siwash

[sahy-wosh, -wawsh]
noun
a conventional designation for any small, provincial college or for such colleges collectively (often preceded by old ): students from old Siwash.

Origin:
after a fictional college of the same name in At Good Old Siwash (1911) and other books by U.S. author George Helgeson Fitch (1877–1915)

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siwash (ˈsaɪwɒʃ)
 
n
1.  another name for Cowichan sweater
 
vb
2.  (intr) (in the Pacific Northwest) to camp out with only natural shelter
 
[see Siwash]

Siwash (ˈsaɪwɒʃ)
 
n
1.  a North American Indian
 
adj
2.  of, characteristic of, or relating to Indians
3.  worthless, stingy, or bad: he's siwash
 
[C19: from Chinook Jargon, from French sauvagesavage]

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