- a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin of red man
First recorded in 1600–10
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Examples from the Web for red man
He cannot use the bow and arrow,” answered Joe; “he has not been trained like the Red-man.The Dog Crusoe and his Master
The Wahcondah sometimes veiled his countenance from a Red-man.The Prairie
J. Fenimore Cooper
Why do they run about, and dishonor the red-man by calling themselves Injins?
Thus has it been with the red-man, and, as the Trackless had said, thus will it continue to be.
The red-man cannot hide himself in any corner where the pale-faces will not find him.
- archaic, offensive a North American Indian
C18: see redskin