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Red Indian

noun, Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin of Red Indian
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is certain that the Red Indian was ignorant of this valuable art.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • Almost with the instinct of a Red Indian, Ringan had made his way.

    Two Penniless Princesses Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Her face was tattooed and was curiously like a Red Indian's.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • Now the Red Indian story has no harper, and no visit by the hero to the land of the dead.

  • The Red Indian dies because he cannot farm; the Maori farms, and dies.

    Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • His face is as impassive as that of a Red Indian's, while he seldom smiles.

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • He would no longer be William—the Red Indian, the pirate, the daredevil.

    Just William Richmal Crompton
  • They're a pair of deevils, worse nor any Red Indian, but for a' that they're sweatin' wi' fright.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • He is going like the Red Indian and the buffalo and no one can tell why.

    The Cassowary Stanley Waterloo
British Dictionary definitions for Red Indian

Red Indian

noun, adjective
an old-fashioned name, now considered highly offensive, for Native American
Word Origin
see redskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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