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honest Injun

or honest injun

[in-juh n] /ˈɪn dʒən/
adverb, Older Use: Often Offensive.
honestly (used to emphasize the truth of a statement).
Origin of honest Injun
1870-75, Americanism; see Injun
Usage note
Honest Injun uses an informal, nonstandard spelling of Indian. Probably first used by Mark Twain, this expression is now dated and often perceived as insulting to or by American Indians. Though it came to mean “honestly or truly,” it may have had its origin in the contrary perception that Indians on the American frontier were not considered honest or trustworthy until they had proven themselves, for example, as scouts. See also Indian. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was tempted to say he saw it fall, but she might ask him “honest Injun?”

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
  • honest Injun, now, hain't you been telling me a lot of lies?

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Youll have to wait a bit, Pete; Im dead broke, honest Injun!

    On Your Mark! Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Thats all right, Nel; Ill keep her as straight as a die; honest Injun!

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Chances are youd feel like tackling him, and trying to take it away, now wouldnt you, honest Injun?

  • honest Injun—confound those children and their slang—I mean positively,” I answered.

    They and I Jerome K. Jerome
  • We had honest Injun run up from one dollar till it was over twenty dollars a share.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • honest Injun, fellers, he did say he might think of something like that if he didn't get some better soon.

  • Grandfather had not actually promised to take themnothing so solemn as honest Injun or Cross my heart.

    Letty and the Twins Helen Sherman Griffith
  • honest Injun, Jack, it's so bad that I find myself writing poetry on the backs of envelopes.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath

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