[ 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.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

see 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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