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also coo·ly  (ko͞o′lē)
n. pl. coo·lies Offensive
An unskilled Asian laborer.

[Hindi qulī, laborer, perhaps ultimately from Kulī, a tribe in Gujarat.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cooly - (ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborercooly - (ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborer
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
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References in classic literature ?
"That's a pity," said Athos, cooly. "The Englishman is overflowing with pistoles.
"Well, that's something, for I have not the shadow of one," said Athos cooly; "but as to D'Artagnan, gentlemen, the idea of belonging to OURS has driven him out of his senses.
Another start, and another halt; for the Snow children came shrieking up to demand the three kittens that Pokey was cooly carrying off in a travelling bag.
Each time, when he came to the surface, turning his head this way and that, he cooly surveyed the water and the land, and apparently chose his course so that he might come up where there was the widest expanse of water and at the greatest distance from the boat.
'She has been drinking,' thought the Jew, cooly, 'or perhaps she is only miserable.'
SHANE Lowry last night praised the man who was at his side as he cooly navigated his way around Portrush.
Steven Williams was brought down inside the Darwen box, leaving the referee no option but to point to the spot, Shaun Harris stepping up and cooly converting to send the game into extra time.
Looking cooly at the letter, it is plainly a panicked response to a threat to the status quo, which implies Mr Johnstone is happy with his representatives being elected by a third of voters and, therefore, afraid of what would happen if the young and the disillusioned used their right to vote.
The hosts made a few changes which saw Louis Hall come on and make an instant impact that earned Marton a penalty, which Dylan Elliott cooly converted.
Sarah Rowles's quick reactions made it 2-0 shortly afterwards and Abiyola Riley timed a run perfectly and cooly slotted the ball into the bottom corner for 3-0.
The longstanding Manager of Classic's Beach House Seaside Resort, Gail was nominated by Connecting Southern Gold Coast for the Business Achiever Award for her work with the Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and Cooly Rocks On Festival.
Another new arrival, Brazil's Paulinho, delivered a pin-point cross for the second four minutes after the restart with Sigurdsson cooly finishing.