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squaw

 (skwô)
n.
1. Offensive A Native American woman, especially a wife.
2. Offensive Slang A woman or wife.

[Massachusett squa, younger woman.]

squaw

(skwɔː)
n
1. (Peoples) offensive a North American Indian woman
2. slang usually facetious a woman or wife
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Natick squa female creature]

squaw


(skwô),
n.
usage: Definition 1, though rarely used today, is perceived as insulting to Native Americans. Definitions 2a and 2b are used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting to women. The word is sometimes mistakenly thought to refer literally to the female genitals.
n.
1. Older Use: Offensive. (a term used to refer to an American Indian woman, esp. a wife.)
2. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a. (a term used to refer to a wife.)
b. (a term used to refer to any woman or girl.)
[1625–35, Amer.; < Massachusett (E sp.) squa, ussqua woman, younger woman < Proto-Algonquian *eθkwe·wa]

squaw

An Algonquian word meaning woman, used, offensively, to mean a Native American woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squaw - an American Indian womansquaw - an American Indian woman    
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Translations

squaw

[skwɔː] Nindia f, piel roja f

squaw

n (neg!)Squaw f

squaw

[skwɔː] nsquaw f inv
References in classic literature ?
The squaws seized clubs, axes, or whatever weapon of offense first offered itself to their hands, and rushed eagerly to act their part in the cruel game that was at hand.
Your squaws are the mothers of deer; but if a bear, or a wildcat, or a serpent were born among you, ye would flee.
He had to forage for himself, and he foraged well, though he was oft-times a plague to the squaws in consequence.
Here the squaws came to his aid, and White Fang, transformed into a raging demon, was finally driven off only by a fusillade of stones.
Look at these hags of squaws, friend Doctor; I have no judgment in savage tempers, if they are not bloody minded, and ready to work their accursed pleasures on us all.
I say, honest friend, since you have done so much, have the goodness to keep these damnable squaws, of whom you say so many interesting things, at a little distance, till I have got the blood of this arm in motion, and am ready to receive them.
Here, also, the savage tribes connected with the trade, the Nez Perces or Chopunnish Indians, and Flatheads, had pitched their lodges beside the streams, and with their squaws, awaited the distribution of goods and finery.
At one time it was resolved to set fire to the fort; and the squaws belonging to the allies were employed to collect combustibles.
The Mingo squaws cried out at the sound of his rifle.
He had sojourned among various tribes, and perhaps left progeny among them all; but his regular, or habitual wife, was a Sioux squaw.
An' you got a squaw that is some squaw, take it from me.
The land was growing rougher; I was told that we were approaching Squaw Creek, which cut up the west half of the Shimerdas' place and made the land of little value for farming.