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n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a Native American.

[Originally a translation of 18th-century Mississippi Valley French Peau Rouge, Native American person (peau, skin + rouge, red), a translation of non-deprecatory Native American self-designations such as Fox meeshkwinameshkaata, literally, "one having red skin" : meshkw-, red + -i-nameshk-, skin + -aa-, to have + -ta, participle suffix (used in opposition to designations of persons of European origin as waapeshkinameshkaata, "one having white skin" : waapeshk-, white + -i-nameshk-, skin + -aa-, to have + -ta, participle suffix).]


1. (Languages) an old-fashioned informal name, now highly offensive, for a Native American
2. (Peoples) an old-fashioned informal name, now highly offensive, for a Native American
[C17: so called because one particular tribe, the now extinct Beothuks of Newfoundland, painted themselves with red ochre]


usage: This term is rarely used today. It is perceived as insulting to Native Americans.
Older Use: Offensive. American Indian.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.redskin - (slang) offensive term for Native AmericansRedskin - (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived


[ˈredskɪn] Npiel roja m


[ˈrɛdskɪn] n (offensive)Peau-Rouge mfRed Square n (in Moscow)place f Rougered squirrel nécureuil m rouxred tape nbureaucratie f tatillonne, paperasserie fred-top [ˈrɛdtɒp] n (British) (= tabloid newspaper) → tabloïd m


[ˈrɛdˌskɪn] n (offensive) → pellerossa m/f


(red) noun, adjective
1. (of) the colour of blood. a red car/dress / cheeks; red cheeks; a red car/dress / cheeks; Her eyes were red with crying.
2. (of hair or fur) (of) a colour which varies between a golden brown and a deep reddish-brown.
3. (a) communist. Red China; A lot of his university friends are Reds.
the Red Army
the army of the former USSR.
ˈredden verb
1. to make or become red or redder. to redden the lips with lipstick.
2. to blush. She reddened as she realized her mistake.
ˈreddish adjective
slightly red. reddish hair.
ˈredness noun
ˈredcurrant noun
a type of garden bush grown for its small red fruit.
ˈredhead noun
a person with red hair.
red herring
1. something that leads people away from the main point in a discussion.
2. a false clue or line of enquiry.
ˌred-ˈhot adjective
(of metal etc) so hot that it is glowing red. red-hot steel; This iron is red-hot.
Red Indian
a North American Indian.
red-letter day
a day which will always be remembered because of something especially good that happened on it.
red tape
annoying and unnecessary rules and regulations.
be in the red
to be in debt.
catch red-handed
to find (a person) in the act of doing wrong. The police caught the thief red-handed.
see red
to become angry. When he started criticizing my work, I really saw red.
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