coolie
noun Etymology: Hindi & Urdu qulī Date: 1638 an unskilled laborer or porter usually in or from the Far East hired for low or subsistence wages

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  • coolie — [ kuli ] n. m. • 1843; couli 1791; coly 1666; p. ê. empr. à un parler hindi par l interm. de l angl. ♦ Travailleur, porteur chinois ou hindou. Des coolies. ⊗ HOM. Coulis. ● coolie nom masculin (mot anglais du gujarātī kūlī, nom d une peuplade de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Coolie — (également Cooly, Kuli, Quli, Koelie, etc.) est un terme désignant au XIXe siècle les travailleurs agricoles d origine asiatique. Le mot est aujourd hui employé dans les pays anglophones dans un sens péjoratif. Sommaire 1 Étymologie 2 Historique… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Coolie — Coo lie, n. Same as {Cooly}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coolie — (ingl.; pronunc. [cúli]) m. Culi …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • coolie — → culi o culí …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • coolie — (n.) 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • coolie — /ingl. ˈkuːlɪ/ [vc. ingl., dall indostano kulī, n. di una popolazione indiana] s. m. inv. (in Estremo Oriente) servitore, portatore …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • coolie — ► NOUN (pl. coolies) 1) dated an unskilled native labourer in India, China, and some other Asian countries. 2) offensive a person from the Indian subcontinent or of Indian descent. ORIGIN from a Hindi word meaning day labourer …   English terms dictionary

  • coolie — [ko͞o′lē] n. [Hindi qulī, hired servant, prob. < kolī, name of a tribe or caste of Gujarat] 1. an unskilled native laborer, esp. formerly, in India, China, etc. 2. a person doing heavy labor for little pay …   English World dictionary

  • Coolie — For other uses, see Coolie (disambiguation). Coolie labourer c. 1900 in Zhenjiang, China. The bamboo pole he leans upon was used to hoist and carry the bundle at his feet with the pole over his shoulder and the bundle leaning against his back. On …   Wikipedia

  • coolie — /kooh lee/, n. Offensive. 1. an unskilled laborer, esp. formerly in China and India. 2. an unskilled laborer employed cheaply, esp. one brought from Asia. adj. 3. Informal. characteristic of or suitable for a coolie: working for coolie wages.… …   Universalium

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