noun Disparaging and Offensive.
Origin of coolie
British Dictionary definitions for coolie
noun plural -ies
Word Origin for coolie
Word Origin and History for coolie
name given by Europeans to hired laborers in India and China, c.1600, from Hindi quli "hired servant," probably from kuli, name of an aboriginal tribe or caste in Gujarat. The name was picked up by the Portuguese, who used it in southern India (where by coincidence kuli in Tamil meant "hire") and in China.