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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squawnoun

    an American Indian woman


  1. squawnoun

    A woman, wife; especially a Native American woman.

  2. Etymology: From the word squàws (“woman”). Cognate with Ojibwe ikwe.


  1. Squaw

    The English word squaw is an ethnic and sexual slur, historically used for Indigenous North American women. Contemporary use of the term, especially by non-Natives, is considered derogatory, misogynist, and racist.While the morpheme squaw (or a close variant) is found within longer words in several Eastern and Central Algonquian languages, primarily spoken in the northeastern United States and in eastern and central Canada, these languages only make up a small minority of the Indigenous languages of North America. The word "squaw" is not used among Native American, First Nations, Inuit, or Métis peoples. Even in Algonquian, the related morphemes used are not the English-language slur, but only a component part of longer Algonquian words that contain more than one morpheme.


  1. squaw

    "Squaw" is an Alsatian term used historically by European settlers in North America to refer to Indigenous women. It originates from the eastern Algonquin languages. However, it is considered derogatory and offensive due to its misuse and negative connotations built over time, so it's preferable not to use this term when referring to Indigenous women.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squawnoun

    a female; a woman; -- in the language of Indian tribes of the Algonquin family, correlative of sannup

  2. Etymology: [Massachusetts Indian squa, eshqua; Narragansett squws; Delaware ochqueu, and khqueu; used also in compound words (as the names of animals) in the sense of female.]


  1. Squaw

    Squaw is an English language loan-word, used as a noun or adjective, whose present meaning is an indigenous woman of North America. It is derived from the eastern Algonquian morpheme meaning 'woman' that appears in numerous Algonquian languages variously spelled squa, skwa, esqua, sqeh, skwe, que, kwa, ikwe, exkwew, xkwe, etc. At present, the term is often held to be offensive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squaw

    skwaw, n. an American Indian woman, esp. a wife.—n. Squaw′man, a white man with an Indian wife.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. squaw

    A woman of the North American Indians.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Squaw

    Algonquin for an Indian woman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squaw in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squaw in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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