- Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian woman, especially a wife.
- Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a wife.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to any woman or girl.
Origin of squaw
Related Words for squawgirl, queen, adult, female, matron, doll, empress, bitch, rib, broad, dame, babe, baroness, petticoat, mistress, noblewoman, bag, missus, sultana, squaw
Examples from the Web for squaw
Contemporary Examples of squaw
It was another hour to get to Squaw at that time, on a tough road.
“There are lots of hard-core skiers at Squaw, and KT-22 is their territory,” Jonny continued.
Season: Squaw generally opens on Thanksgiving and remains in operation through the end of April.
Any discussion of Squaw Valley will eventually shift to KT-22 and its environs—“the Mothership,” in local parlance.
Growing up, my nicknames were “Squaw Bitch” and “Indian Nose” due to my part Native American heritage.Your Puffy-Face Moments, Inspired by Ashley Judd
April 13, 2012
Historical Examples of squaw
No such forebodings disturb the Squaw Sachem and Wappacowet.Main Street
I returned to the Squaw River and spent the half of another year up there.Murder Point
For an hour he rode and came to the junction of Mill Creek and the Squaw.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
Bunny and Sue had, indeed, landed on an island in Squaw River.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue in the Sunny South
Laura Lee Hope
I said I would go with her until we could see Squaw Creek, and then turn and run home.My Antonia
- offensive a North American Indian woman
- slang, usually facetious a woman or wife
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."