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[in-juh n] /ˈɪn dʒən/
noun, Older Use: Often Offensive.
an American Indian.
Origin of Injun
1805-15; variant of Indian, with assibilated d; cf. Cajun
Usage note
Injun is an informal, nonstandard spelling of Indian. See also honest Injun. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Injun
Historical Examples
  • I dunno's there's any more Injun in me than there is devil in you!'

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • "Injun's on top," he diagnosed sententiously after a minute.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • "Clark and I was going up to the Injun camp," spoke up Gene.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • I told him to kill you, you lying, renegade Injun—and if he couldn't, I can!

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • That fellow you was just talking with is as good a canoeman as an Injun.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • "You never knows what an Injun's goin' t' do," cautioned Douglas.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • "That's explainin', now, what that sneakin' Injun lass was up to," declared Ed.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • "No, Bill, you better stay here with th' Injun," directed Ed.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • “Heap big Injun chief,” announced Bobby, prancing about in his suit.

  • "Why, this is what they call Injun picture writing," replied Red, obligingly.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for Injun


(US) an informal or dialect word for (American) Indian
(interjection) (slang) honest Injun, genuinely; really
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Injun

1812 (from 1683 as Ingin), spelling representing American English colloquial pronunciation of Indian (q.v.). Honest Injun as an asseveration of truthfuless first recorded 1868, from the notion of assurance extracted from Indians of their lack of duplicity.

"Honest Injun?" inquired Mr. Wilder, using a Western phrase equivalent to demanding of the narrator of a story whether he is strictly adhering to the truth. ["The Genial Showman," London, 1870]
The term honest Indian is attested from 1676.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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