- a contemptuous term used to refer to a wife.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to any woman or girl.
Origin of squaw
Examples from the Web for squaw
Then, suddenly bethinking himself of a word he'd once heard, he asked: "Isn't an Indian woman called a 'Squaw'?"
"Well, I'll remember and never use the word 'Squaw' again," promised Billy.
British Dictionary definitions for squaw
Word Origin for squaw
Word Origin and History for squaw
"American Indian woman," 1630s, from Massachuset (Algonquian) squa "woman" (cf. also Narraganset squaws "woman"). "Over the years it has come to have a derogatory sense and is now considered offensive by many Native Americans" [Bright]. Widespread in U.S. place names, sometimes involving a translation of local American Indian words for "woman."