- a Hindu.
- any of the languages of those who practice the Hindu religion, especially Telugu.
- of or relating to the Gentoos.
Origin of Gentoo
1630–40; < Portuguese gentio gentile
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Examples from the Web for gentoo
Hamilton was busy, about this time, dredging in swamp pools and securing specimens of the rockhopper or gentoo penguin.
Sandell and I visited the gentoo penguin colony in Aerial Cove during the afternoon, for the purpose of getting a few eggs.
This place, called Callenda, was anciently a seat of the Gentoo kings of Mundu, one of whom was there drowned while drunk.
It is to feed a sick Gentoo with beef broth, and to foment his wounds with brandy.
A man of his character, and recommended by you, would be welcome here, were he a Gentoo or a Mahometan.The Works of William Cowper
- (sometimes not capital) archaic a Hindu, esp as distinguished from a Muslim
C17: from Portuguese gentio pagan (literally: Gentile)