- an American Indian.
Origin of Injun
Examples from the Web for injun
Historical Examples of injun
I dunno's there's any more Injun in me than there is devil in you!'Meadow Grass
"Injun's on top," he diagnosed sententiously after a minute.
"Clark and I was going up to the Injun camp," spoke up Gene.
I told him to kill you, you lying, renegade Injun—and if he couldn't, I can!
That fellow you was just talking with is as good a canoeman as an Injun.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
- US an informal or dialect word for (American) Indian
- honest Injun (interjection) slang genuinely; really
Word Origin and History for injun
1812 (from 1683 as Ingin), spelling representing American English colloquial pronunciation of Indian (q.v.). Honest Injun as an asseveration of truthfuless first recorded 1868, from the notion of assurance extracted from Indians of their lack of duplicity.
"Honest Injun?" inquired Mr. Wilder, using a Western phrase equivalent to demanding of the narrator of a story whether he is strictly adhering to the truth. ["The Genial Showman," London, 1870]
The term honest Indian is attested from 1676.