squaws

squaw

[skwaw]
noun
1.
Often Offensive. a North American Indian woman, especially a wife.
2.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a.
a wife.
b.
any woman or girl.

Origin:
1625–35, Americanism; < Massachusett (E spelling) squa, ussqua woman, younger woman < Proto-Algonquian *eθkwe·wa

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squaw (skwɔː)
 
n
1.  offensive a North American Indian woman
2.  slang, facetious usually a woman or wife
 
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Natick squa female creature]

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squaw
"American Indian woman," 1634, 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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