- a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
- of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.
Origin of Hindu
Examples from the Web for hindoo
I shall have to throw myself in the river, like a Hindoo, for purification.Weighed and Wanting
A Hindoo is a Hindoo and a brother to the man who knows his vernacular.American Notes
But the broad statesmanship of the Hindoo did not pause here.The Railroad Question
Not much to be seen in the shops except London brasswork and Hindoo gods.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
A Hindoo family are in fact installed and preparing their repast.The Industries of Animals
- an older spelling of Hindu
- a person who adheres to Hinduism
- an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism
- relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India
Word Origin and History for hindoo
old anglicized form of Hindu (q.v.).
1660s, from Persian Hindu (adjective and noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Sanskrit sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. The Hindu Kush mountain range is said to mean literally "Indian killer," and was said to have been the name given by the Persians to a pass where their Indian slaves had perished in winter, but this is likely folk etymology.