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noun plural -mans or -men
  1. Northwestern Canadian a North American Indian womanAlso called: klootch, klooch
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Word Origin

C19: from Chinook Jargon, from Nootka hlotssma woman, wife
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Historical Examples

  • Yes; three siwashes and a klootchman, as they call themselves—three men and a woman.

    To The West

    George Manville Fenn

  • It is the swifter way, and if the white Klootchman come this way, she has gone through these gates of the waters.

  • A klootchman we had not noticed before looked up, and said mournfully, "No," it was her "little woman."

  • Then the medicine man and his klootchman and the children climbed out of the cloud and came down the mountain side.

  • The medicine man told his klootchman and his children to climb up the arrow trail.