[koo-lee] /ˈku li/
noun, plural coolies, adjective
[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.
[koom] /kum/ noun, Chiefly Scot. and North England. 1. soot; coal dust; smut. 2. dust, especially sawdust or dust from a gristmill. 3. grease from bearings, axles, etc. /kuːm/ noun 1. (dialect, mainly Scot & Northern English) waste material, such as dust from coal, grease from axles, etc
/kuːˌmɑːrəˈswɑːmɪ/ noun 1. Ananda (Kentish). 1877–1947, Ceylonese art historian and interpreter of Indian culture to the West
[koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/ noun, British. 1. a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side. [koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/ noun 1. . /kuːm/ noun 1. variant spellings of coomb /kuːm/ noun 1. (mainly Southern English) a short valley or deep hollow, esp in chalk areas 2. (mainly Northern English) […]
[koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/ noun 1. . [koom] /kum/ noun 1. . [koom, kohm] /kum, koʊm/ noun, British. 1. a narrow valley or deep hollow, especially one enclosed on all but one side. [koom] /kum/ noun, Chiefly Scot. and North England. 1. soot; coal dust; smut. 2. dust, especially sawdust or dust from a gristmill. […]
[koon] /kun/ noun 1. . 2. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. 3. a rustic or undignified person. /kuːn/ noun 1. (informal) short for raccoon 2. (offensive, slang) a Black person or a native Australian 3. (South African, offensive) a person of mixed race n. short […]