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Red Indian

noun, Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin of Red Indian
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35
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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
1.
an old-fashioned name, now considered highly offensive, for Native American
Word Origin
see redskin
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