- a North American Indian baby or young child.
Origin of papoose
1625–35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E spelling) pappouse
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Examples from the Web for papooses
He hear water-spirits say to Mighty Hand that they have papooses.
It would gladden the eyes of the pale-faces to see their papooses by another sun?
Martin had three papooses (as the Indians call the children) by the Strawberry.The Settlers in Canada
Russian babies are usually swaddled tightly, like American papooses.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
We'll make a lot of those Indians wish that they had stayed at home with their papooses.Spacehounds of IPC
Edward Elmer Smith
- an American Indian baby or child
- a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back
C17: from Algonquian papoos
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Word Origin and History for papooses
1630s, from Narragansett papoos "child," or a similar New England Algonquian word; said to mean literally "very young."
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