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squaw

[skwaw] /skwɔ/
noun
1.
Often Offensive. a North American Indian woman, especially a wife.
2.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a wife.
  2. any woman or girl.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35, Americanism; < Massachusett (E spelling) squa, ussqua woman, younger woman < Proto-Algonquian *eθkwe·wa
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British Dictionary definitions for squaws

squaw

/skwɔː/
noun
1.
(offensive) a North American Indian woman
2.
(slang) generally (facetious) a woman or wife
Word Origin
C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Natick squa female creature
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Word Origin and History for squaws

squaw

n.

"American Indian woman," 1630s, from Massachuset (Algonquian) squa "woman" (cf. also Narraganset squaws "woman"). "Over the years it has come to have a derogatory sense and is now considered offensive by many Native Americans" [Bright]. Widespread in U.S. place names, sometimes involving a translation of local American Indian words for "woman."

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Slang definitions & phrases for squaws

squaw

noun

A woman, esp one's wife (1934+)


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