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 (pă-po͞os′, pə-)
1. Often Offensive A Native American infant or very young child.
2. A cradleboard.

[Narragansett papoòs, child.]


(pəˈpuːs) or


1. an American Indian baby or child
2. a pouchlike bag used for carrying a baby, worn on the back
[C17: from Algonquian papoos]


or pap•poose

(pæˈpus, pə-)

a North American Indian baby or young child.
[1634, Amer.; < Narragansett (E sp.) papoòs baby, or Massachusett (E sp.) pappouse]


An Algonquian word for a baby or young child.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.papoose - an American Indian infantpapoose - an American Indian infant    
babe, baby, infant - a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk; "the baby began to cry again"; "she held the baby in her arms"; "it sounds simple, but when you have your own baby it is all so different"


[pəˈpuːs] N
1. (= baby) → niño/a m/f indio/a norteamericano/a
2. (= baby sling) → mochila f portabebés


nIndianerbaby nt; (= carrier for American Indian baby)Winkelbrettwiege f; (= carrier for baby)Tragegestell nt
References in classic literature ?
Minnehaha, here's to you--to the two of you--an' to the papooses, too, gosh-dang them
There were no children there, and it was night time; but he addressed all who might be dreaming of the Neverland, and who were therefore nearer to him than you think: boys and girls in their nighties, and naked papooses in their baskets hung from trees.
The knowing Pierre immediately landed and took to the woods, followed by his squaw laden with their papooses, and a large bundle containing their most precious effects, promising to rejoin the party some distance above St.
Also, he had once nearly had an eye poked out by a toddling papoose.
And in women's magazines pension-age fathers like John Simpson, Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney ponce around in papooses, their smile saying it's great to be a dad, their back saying their arthritis is off the scale.
By Royal Appointment or not, firms will be queueing up to send their cashmere outfits, sheepskin-lined papooses and eco-friendly baby bottles to Kensington Palace, in the hope they may be photographed with the royal tot - sparking a sell-out in the process.
Products offered include bouffant caps, blankets, infant papooses and children's PJ bottoms and tops from toddler to size 10-12.
It is not uncommon to see small dogs riding on the petrol tanks of Harleys or in papooses on scooters.
The zoo advertises a sunbear, a Tasmanian devil, a cast of meerkats and some other attractions, and there are always people waiting by the turnstile to go in: kids, carers, young couples; babies in papooses against their parents' bodies.
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Burberry bonnets, Prada papooses, Gucci Babygros - Madonna's daughter Lourdes has a child-sized Louis Vuitton bag, and before he was even a year old Brooklyn Beckham had a tiny Manchester United strip with a No 7 shirt and minuscule Adidas trainers just like his dad's.