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siwash

[sahy-wosh, -wawsh] /ˈsaɪ wɒʃ, -wɔʃ/ Pacific Northwest, Northwest Canada, and Alaska.
noun
1.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
verb (used without object)
2.
to camp out without a tent or supplies.
Origin of siwash
1830-1840
1830-40; < Chinook Jargon < North American French sauvage Indian, French: wild, savage

Siwash

[sahy-wosh, -wawsh] /ˈsaɪ wɒʃ, -wɔʃ/
noun
1.
a conventional designation for any small, provincial college or for such colleges collectively (often preceded by old):
students from old Siwash.
Origin
after a fictional college of the same name in At Good Old Siwash (1911) and other books by U.S. author George Helgeson Fitch (1877-1915)
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Historical Examples
  • She bowed to us just as unconcernedly as if she wasn't breaking all long-distance records for eccentricity in siwash history.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • But old siwash was faithful to his trust, and Donald was close at hand.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
  • Carver would see siwash and call to her if she did not hear him come.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
  • Pedro and siwash were grateful, too, as they cropped the sweet, moist grass.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley Mary Ellen Chase
  • siwash Bill heard, and shaking with fear told briefly what he knew.

    The Long Patrol H. A. Cody
  • Oh, I was an Indian in my time—a reg'ler measly hop-pickin' siwash at that.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • On the other hand, the siwash Indian lodges are clustered all along the beach.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • "Yes, I thought that was a college hat you had on," said siwash.

  • They had made it advisable for all persons of culture to remain away from siwash.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • "I ain't a-findin' any fault with them farmer colleges," siwash said.

British Dictionary definitions for siwash

siwash

/ˈsaɪwɒʃ/
noun
1.
another name for Cowichan sweater
verb
2.
(intransitive) (in the Pacific Northwest) to camp out with only natural shelter
Word Origin
see Siwash

Siwash

/ˈsaɪwɒʃ/
noun
1.
a North American Indian
adjective
2.
of, characteristic of, or relating to Indians
3.
worthless, stingy, or bad: he's siwash
Word Origin
C19: from Chinook Jargon, from French sauvagesavage
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Slang definitions & phrases for siwash

Siwash

n,n phr

Any small college; the archetypical small college; East Jesus State: collegians (from Harvard to Siwash) and their professors (1910+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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