[ in-juhn ]
/ ˈɪn dʒən /
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noun Older Use: Often Offensive.
American Indian; Native American.
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Origin of Injun
usage note for Injun
Injun is an informal, nonstandard spelling of Indian. This pronunciation and variant spelling are associated with inauthentic, white representations of Native cultures and speakers. Now considered dated and often offensive, this variant form of Indian is best avoided, except when used to comment on inauthenticity of representation, as in the “Hollywood Injun English” dialogue written for Native characters in older Westerns. See also honest Injun.
Words nearby Injun
injection well, injector, injera, in-joke, injudicious, Injun, injunct, injunction, injure, injured list, injured reserve
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How to use Injun in a sentence
"I've brought ye thet Injun I wuz tellin' ye uv," she said, with a wave of her hand toward Alessandro.
But ef Jos keeps on, airnin' ez much ez he hez so fur, he's goin' ter pay the Injun part on 't, when he cums.
So whilst we was eatin' breakfast I begins t' quiz, an', one way an' another, lets on I wanted t' see that Injun scout.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Mebby I'll perch on top o' the court-house, too, fer a spell, an' take a leetle fly out by the Injun school.Motor Matt's "Century" Run|Stanley R. Matthews
What's more, I s'pose he can't even see them Injun pony tracks around the body.Mystery Ranch|Arthur Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for Injun
/ (ˈɪndʒən) /
US an informal or dialect word for (American) Indian
honest Injun (interjection) slang genuinely; really
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