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[pa-poos, puh-] /pæˈpus, pə-/
a North American Indian baby or young child.
Origin of papoose
1625-35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E spelling) pappouse Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for papooses
Historical Examples
  • He hear water-spirits say to Mighty Hand that they have papooses.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • It would gladden the eyes of the pale-faces to see their papooses by another sun?

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • Martin had three papooses (as the Indians call the children) by the Strawberry.

    The Settlers in Canada

    Frederick Marryat
  • 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
  • Women were sitting on the floor, some with papooses strapped to their backs.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • Women sat on the floor, papooses on their backs, beadwork in hand.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl
  • “The papooses of the Indian make the white man happy,” he said simply.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • The warriors hunt; the cihuatls prepare the food, and nurse the papooses.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • How the white traders would laugh at them, and call them papooses.

British Dictionary definitions for papooses


an American Indian baby or child
a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back
Word Origin
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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