noun, plural Hin·doos, adjective


or Hin·doo



a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.


of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.

Origin of Hindu

1655–65; < Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix
Related formsnon-Hin·du, noun, adjectivepro-Hin·du, adjectivepseu·do-Hin·du, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for hindoo

Historical Examples of hindoo

  • I shall have to throw myself in the river, like a Hindoo, for purification.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • A Hindoo is a Hindoo and a brother to the man who knows his vernacular.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • But the broad statesmanship of the Hindoo did not pause here.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • Not much to be seen in the shops except London brasswork and Hindoo gods.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • A Hindoo family are in fact installed and preparing their repast.

British Dictionary definitions for hindoo


noun, adjective plural -doos

an older spelling of Hindu
Derived FormsHindooism (ˈhɪndʊˌɪzəm), noun



noun plural -dus or -doos

a person who adheres to Hinduism
an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism


relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India

Word Origin for Hindu

C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi
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Word Origin and History for hindoo


old anglicized form of Hindu (q.v.).


1660s, from Persian Hindu (adjective and noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Sanskrit sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. The Hindu Kush mountain range is said to mean literally "Indian killer," and was said to have been the name given by the Persians to a pass where their Indian slaves had perished in winter, but this is likely folk etymology.

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