[koo-lee] /ˈku li/
noun, Disparaging and Offensive.
an unskilled laborer, especially formerly in China and India.
an unskilled laborer employed cheaply, especially one brought from Asia.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Asian, especially an Indian living in South Africa.
Informal. characteristic of or suitable for a coolie:
working for coolie wages.
noun (pl) -ies
a cheaply hired unskilled Oriental labourer
(derogatory) an Indian living in South Africa
name given by Europeans to hired laborers in India and China, c.1600, from Hindi quli “hired servant,” probably from kuli, name of an aboriginal tribe or caste in Gujarat. The name was picked up by the Portuguese, who used it in southern India (where by coincidence kuli in Tamil meant “hire”) and in China.
noun 1. a wide, conical straw hat worn especially as a shield against the sun. noun a broad cone-shaped straw hat, esp. worn by Asian laborers Word Origin from Hind. kuli
[kool] /kul/ adjective, cooler, coolest. 1. moderately cold; neither warm nor cold: a rather cool evening. 2. feeling comfortably or moderately cold: I’m perfectly cool, but open the window if you feel hot. 3. imparting a sensation of moderate coldness or comfortable freedom from heat: a cool breeze. 4. permitting such a sensation: a cool […]
noun, South Midland and Southern U.S. Older Use. 1. a plank for laying out a corpse.
- Cooling degree-day
noun 1. a degree-day above the standard temperature of 75°F (24°C), used in estimating the energy requirements for air conditioning and refrigeration.