[ sahy-wosh, -wawsh ]
/ ˈsaɪ wɒʃ, -wɔʃ /
a conventional designation for any small, provincial college or for such colleges collectively (often preceded by old): students from old Siwash.
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Origin of Siwash
after a fictional college of the same name in At Good Old Siwash (1911) and other books by U.S. author George Helgeson Fitch (1877–1915)
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British Dictionary definitions for old-siwash (1 of 2)
/ (ˈsaɪwɒʃ) /
another name for Cowichan sweater
(intr) (in the Pacific Northwest) to camp out with only natural shelter
Word Origin for siwash
British Dictionary definitions for old-siwash (2 of 2)
/ (ˈsaɪwɒʃ) sometimes not capital slang, derogatory (in the Pacific Northwest) /
a North American Indian
of, characteristic of, or relating to Indians
worthless, stingy, or badhe's siwash
Word Origin for Siwash
C19: from Chinook Jargon, from French sauvage savage
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