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red man

noun, Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin of red man
1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The red man of the forest and the prairie has had much to embitter his spirit against his enemies; but I will proceed.

  • Like the French they would keep the red man and his forests unchanged.

    A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter
  • In former times the red man's wigwam, stood on these fields, and his council fires were kindled on this spot.

  • "I'll forget my right hand sooner," said the big, red man calmly.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • A moment more and the measured stroke of a paddle betrayed the passage of the stout red man adown the stream.

  • To-day the woods had been long cut, and the red man was gone.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • That's why the white man is so much richer and more powerful than the red man.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Has not his people stolen the hunting grounds of the red man?

    The Hunters of the Ozark Edward S. Ellis
  • As elsewhere stated in these pages, the pale face has been the great undoer of the red man.

    Trail Tales James David Gillilan
  • But the red man did not consent—indeed, he did not understand.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for red man

red man

(archaic, offensive) a North American Indian
Word Origin
C18: see redskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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