- 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</p>
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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