or pap·poose

[pa-poos, puh-]


a North American Indian baby or young child.

Origin of papoose

1625–35, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E spelling) pappouse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for papoose




an American Indian baby or child
a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back

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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