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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).]
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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]
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usage: This term is rarely used today. It is perceived as insulting to Native Americans.
Older Use: Offensive. American Indian.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.redskin - (slang) offensive term for Native AmericansRedskin - (slang) offensive term for Native Americans
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
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[ˈredskɪn] Npiel roja m
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[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
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[ˈrɛdˌskɪn] n (offensive) → pellerossa m/f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(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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References in classic literature ?
It was the stillest silence they had ever known, broken once by a distant lapping, which Peter explained was the wild beasts drinking at the ford, and again by a rasping sound that might have been the branches of trees rubbing together, but he said it was the redskins sharpening their knives.
your Delawares were the redskins of which America might boast; but few and scattered is that mighty people, now!
And they didn't know how to work, and of course it would not do for the Democratic workers, the noble redskins of the War Whoop League, to support the Republican openly.
If you had seen him, as I did, the morning we beat Dieskau, from behind our log walls, you would have called him as comely a redskin as ye ever set eyes on.
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