- a member of an indigenous people of Greenland, northern Canada, Alaska, and northeastern Siberia, characterized by short, stocky build and light-brown complexion.
- either of two related languages spoken by the Eskimos, one in Greenland, Canada, and northern Alaska, the other in southern Alaska and Siberia.
Origin of Eskimo
Examples from the Web for eskimo
The day ends in Iowa, of all places, with a one-sentence entry: “Christian K. Nelson took out a patent on the Eskimo Pie.”Best Year Ever: How 1922 Birthed Modernism
September 14, 2013
We wait for the two to just Eskimo kiss in the corner underneath the mistletoe already.Ahead of Debate, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly’s Secret Bromance (VIDEO)
October 5, 2012
I half-expected to see an Eskimo in a huskie-driven sled whiz by.Ciao, Roma! Hello, Newark!
January 6, 2011
Fox News producers nicknamed the Palins “The Bitch” and “The Eskimo.”Speed Read: 25 Extraordinary Roger Ailes Revelations From ‘The Loudest Voice in the Room’
January 14, 2014
Everything but the provisions for the Eskimo crew was already aboard.
The Eskimo religion, like that of the Indian, is one of fear.
Fifty miles inland the Indian and Eskimo hunters had met them.
The Eskimo, who seemed to act as cook, occasionally looked into the camp-kettle.The Hound From The North
They bought of the Eskimo what furs they wanted and paid as little for them as possible.The Trail of a Sourdough
May Kellogg Sullivan
- plural -mos or -mo a member of a group of peoples inhabiting N Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and E Siberia, having a material culture adapted to an extremely cold climate
- the language of these peoples
- a family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut
- relating to, denoting, or characteristic of the Eskimos
Word Origin and History for eskimo
1580s, from Danish Eskimo or Middle French Esquimaux (plural), both probably from an Algonquian word, such as Abenaki askimo (plural askimoak), Ojibwa ashkimeq, traditionally said to mean literally "eaters of raw meat," from Proto-Algonquian *ask- "raw" + *-imo "eat." Research from 1980s in linguistics of the region suggests this derivation, though widely credited there, might be inaccurate or incomplete, and the word might mean "snowshoe-netter." Cf. also Innuit. Eskimo pie "chocolate-coated ice cream bar" introduced 1921.