coo·​lie ˈkü-lē How to pronounce coolie (audio)
usually offensive
: an unskilled laborer or porter usually in or from the Far East hired for low or subsistence wages

Word History


Hindi & Urdu qulī

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coolie was in 1622

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“Coolie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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