[sahy-wosh, -wawsh]Pacific Northwest, Northwest Canada, and Alaska.
(sometimes initial capital letter) Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
verb (used without object)
to camp out without a tent or supplies.
Origin of siwash
< Chinook Jargon
< North American French sauvage
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)
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for siwash
Historical Examples of siwash
Oh, I was an Indian in my time—a reg'ler measly hop-pickin' Siwash at that.
Know you, why, you knock-kneed old Siwash, I could pick out your hide in a tanyard!
"I ain't a-findin' any fault with them farmer colleges," Siwash said.
If he was bound to travel, said Siwash, his advice would be to travel back.
By the Duke of—the Duke of—is them three links of saursage, Siwash?
British Dictionary definitions for siwash
(intr) (in the Pacific Northwest) to camp out with only natural shelter
Word Origin for siwash
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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