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honest Injun

or hon·est in·jun

[ in-juhn ]
/ ˈɪn dʒən /
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adverb Older Use: Often Offensive.
honestly (used to emphasize the truth of a statement).
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Origin of honest Injun

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; see Injun

usage note for honest Injun

Honest Injun uses a nonstandard pronunciation spelling of Indian. Popularized by Mark Twain in Tom Sawyer (1876), this expression is now dated and perceived as insulting to American Indians. Though it came to mean “honestly or truly,” the expression may have had its origin in the contrary historical perception that Native Americans were not considered honest or trustworthy until they had proven themselves, for example, as scouts. See also Indian.
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