What does Coolie mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coolie, cooly(noun)

    (ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborer

Wiktionary

  1. coolie(Noun)

    An unskilled Asian worker, usually of Chinese or Indian descent; a labourer; a porter. Coolies were frequently transported to other countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries as indentured labourers.

    Etymology: From Hindustani क़ुली / (qulī), which means "hired laborer" or "slave", from köle. Other forms occur in Bengali kuli and Tamil kuli, "daily hire." The word , was originally a transcription of the Hindi, and literally means "bitterly hard (use of) strength".

  2. coolie(Noun)

    A person of Indian descent.

    Etymology: From Hindustani क़ुली / (qulī), which means "hired laborer" or "slave", from köle. Other forms occur in Bengali kuli and Tamil kuli, "daily hire." The word , was originally a transcription of the Hindi, and literally means "bitterly hard (use of) strength".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coolie(noun)

    same as Cooly

    Etymology: [Hind. kl a laborer, porter: cf. Turk. kl, kyleh, slave.]

  2. Coolie(noun)

    an East Indian porter or carrier; a laborer transported from the East Indies, China, or Japan, for service in some other country

    Etymology: [Hind. kl a laborer, porter: cf. Turk. kl, kyleh, slave.]

Freebase

  1. Coolie

    Historically, a coolie was an Asian slave or unskilled manual labourer, particularly from southern China, the Indian subcontinent, the Philippines and Indonesia during the 19th century and early 20th century. It is also a contemporary racial slur for people of Asian descent, including people from East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, etc., particularly in South Africa.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coolie

    Cooly, kōōl′i, n. an Indian or Chinese labourer who has emigrated under contract to a foreign land: a European's name for a hired native labourer in India and China. [Prob. Kuli, a tribe of Guzerat; or orig. Tamil, cf. kūli, hire.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coolie

    A person who carries a load; a porter or day-labourer in India and China.

  2. coolie

    An Indian day-labourer and porter.

Editors Contribution

  1. Coolie

    Another word for your buttocks. Its used as short for a slang Spanish and Italian term, "culo", spelled "coolie" referring to the buttocks.

    "Wow! That man's coolie is delicious. He must work out."

    Submitted by flamethrowin on November 18, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coolie in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Coolie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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