noun Disparaging and Offensive.
Origin of coolie
Examples from the Web for coolie
Historical Examples of coolie
The coolie was again bound, this time more tightly than ever.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
But, while the negro can do more work in a day than the coolie, he won't.Plotting in Pirate Seas
As he had evolved from a coolie labourer to a multi-millionaire, so had his name evolved.The House of Pride
To fall to the job of a coolie is, for the Hindu, the worst declassment.The New World of Islam
Two reluctant men were sent to the relief of the coolie in distress.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
noun plural -ies
Word Origin 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.