American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Offensive An unskilled Asian laborer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given by Europeans in India, China, etc., to a native laborer employed as a burden-carrier, porter, stevedore, etc., or in other menial work: as, a chair-coolie, a housecoolie; hence, in Africa, the West Indies, South America, and other places, an East Indian or Chinese laborer who is employed, under contract, on a plantation or in other work.
- Of or pertaining to coolies or a coolie, especially when under contract for service out of his own country: as, coolie labor; the coolie trade.
- n. offensive, slang An unskilled Asian worker, usually of Chinese or Indian descent; a labourer; a porter. Coolies were frequently transported to other countries in the 19th and early 20th centuries as indentured labourers.
- n. offensive, slang, West Indies A person of Indian descent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Same as cooly.
- n. (ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborer
- From Hindustani क़ुली / قلی (qulī), which means "hired laborer" or "slave", from Turkish köle. Other forms occur in Bengali kuli and Tamil kuli, "daily hire." The Mandarin word 苦力 (kǔlì), was originally a transcription of the Hindi, and literally means "bitterly hard (use of) strength". (Wiktionary)
- Hindi qulī, laborer, perhaps ultimately from Kulī, a tribe in Gujarat. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Bihari coolie is be-headed by poor and unemployed Marathi youth for Maratha pride.”
“The last coolie is a partner with a microscopic share.”
“Whole populations there have never known freedom; to such people one master is no worse than another; the lot of the coolie is the same in either case.”
“The favourite waterproof of the coolie is a huge cloak made of rice straw, the long ends sticking out.”
“The coolie is a character, -- patient, hard-working, uncomplaining, supplying a demand throughout the Orient, made necessary, as we have seen, by the indolence of the Burmese and of the Malays, to mention only two examples.”
“There's another frame depicting his country, and in which there are two characters wearing 'coolie' hats.”
“The term "coolie" is a pejorative term refering to usually unskilled laborers from Asia, particularly China and India. . .”
“(Nocsa) president Sam Ramsamy a "coolie" and made a number of racist remarks during the evening.”
“As a prime example of such stereotypes, the National Review magazine ran a cover in March depicting a slanted-eye and "coolie" hatted President, a bucked teeth and Communist-garbed First Lady, and a Buddhist monk-attired Vice President, over the headline "The Manchurian Candidates.”
“I would not take him up country to be bullied and demeaned as a "coolie," and I made for him an arrangement with the proprietor of my hotel that during my absence John should help to wait in his restaurant.”
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