siwash

[ sahy-wosh, -wawsh ]
/ ˈsaɪ wɒʃ, -wɔʃ /
Pacific Northwest, Northwest Canada, and Alaska.

noun

(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

1830–40; < Chinook Jargon < North American French sauvage Indian, French: wild, savage

Definition for siwash (2 of 2)

Siwash

[ sahy-wosh, -wawsh ]
/ ˈsaɪ wɒʃ, -wɔʃ /

noun

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)
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British Dictionary definitions for siwash (1 of 2)

siwash

/ (ˈsaɪwɒʃ) /

noun

another name for Cowichan sweater

verb

(intr) (in the Pacific Northwest) to camp out with only natural shelter

Word Origin for siwash

see Siwash

British Dictionary definitions for siwash (2 of 2)

Siwash

/ (ˈsaɪwɒʃ) sometimes not capital slang, derogatory (in the Pacific Northwest) /

noun

a North American Indian

adjective

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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