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noun Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.

Origin of red man

First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for red man

Historical Examples

  • He cannot use the bow and arrow,” answered Joe; “he has not been trained like the Red-man.

    The Dog Crusoe and his Master

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • The Wahcondah sometimes veiled his countenance from a Red-man.

    The Prairie

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Why do they run about, and dishonor the red-man by calling themselves Injins?

    The Chainbearer

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • Thus has it been with the red-man, and, as the Trackless had said, thus will it continue to be.

    The Chainbearer

    J. Fenimore Cooper

  • The red-man cannot hide himself in any corner where the pale-faces will not find him.

    The Chainbearer

    J. Fenimore Cooper


British Dictionary definitions for red man

red man

noun
  1. archaic, offensive a North American Indian

Word Origin

C18: see redskin
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