coolie

noun
coo·​lie | \ ˈkü-lē How to pronounce coolie (audio) \

Definition of coolie

usually offensive
: an unskilled laborer or porter usually in or from the Far East hired for low or subsistence wages

First Known Use of coolie

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coolie

Hindi & Urdu qulī

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“Coolie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coolie. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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coolie

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English Language Learners Definition of coolie

offensive + old-fashioned : an unskilled Asian worker who is paid low wages

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