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or pap·poose

[pa-poos, puh-]
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  1. a North American Indian baby or young child.
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Origin of papoose

1625–35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E spelling) pappouse
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Related Words for papoose

babe, youngster, child, chick, toddler, kid, deduction, suckling, nipper, bambino, button, nursling, tot, newborn, bundle, bairn, dividend, cherub, dumpling, buttercup

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Historical Examples of papoose

  • But she's also a female woman, an' owns a papoose of her own.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • He likes children, too, 'cause he's always talking about a papoose.

  • Noticing the papoose which she carries strapped in a basket at her back.

    The Arrow-Maker

    Mary Austin

  • When she came to herself both the bear and the papoose were gone.

  • For two months did Amine remain under the care of the Papoose woman.

    The Phantom Ship

    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for papoose



  1. an American Indian baby or child
  2. a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back
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Word Origin for papoose

C17: from Algonquian papoos
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Word Origin and History for papoose


1630s, from Narragansett papoos "child," or a similar New England Algonquian word; said to mean literally "very young."

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