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Word Origin and History for feringhee

Feringhee

n.

name used in India for "European," 1630s, from Persian Farangi, from Arabic Faranji (10c.), from Old French Franc "Frank" (see Frank) + Arabic ethnic suffix -i. The fr- sound is not possible in Arabic.

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Examples from the Web for feringhee

Historical Examples

  • The Feringhee, even when the treaty had been signed, would move on Hyderabad.

    Sir Charles Napier

    Sir William Francis Butler

  • These Feringhee dogs will all pay the price for their arrogance.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton

  • The Feringhee sailor clung to the mast all through that dreary night.

  • But then, the Feringhee ladies are even prouder than the men, and they hate us Hindoos.

    Strange Stories

    Grant Allen

  • The Feringhee seaman was strictly questioned by the commander, but at first would say nothing.