Injun

[ in-juh n ]
/ ˈɪn dʒən /

noun Older Use: Often Offensive.

an American Indian.

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Origin of Injun

1805–15; variant of Indian, with assibilated d; cf. Cajun

Usage note

Injun is an informal, nonstandard spelling of Indian. See also honest Injun.

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Examples from the Web for injun

  • I should hardly like to be called an 'Injun giver', would you?

    The Ranch Girls' Pot of Gold|Margaret Vandercook
  • That Injun'll have t' suffer for un if he's done foul wi' Bob.

    Ungava Bob|Dillon Wallace


British Dictionary definitions for injun

Injun

/ (ˈɪndʒən) /

noun

US an informal or dialect word for (American) Indian
honest Injun (interjection) slang genuinely; really
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Word Origin and History for injun

Injun

n.
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