Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A corrupt form of linguister.
“However, in the part of the country of which we are writing, the term linkister is received and adopted both by Indians and white people, and applied by them to the person who acts as interpreter”
“The black _linkister_ laughed, and was reluctant to explain; but when I pressed him, the following proved to be the meaning of the burthen: --”
“I asked a professed _linkister_ what the speech was about; but he was either indifferent or ignorant, for he only replied that it was an appeal to them not to forsake their ancient ceremonies, but to remain faithful in their fulfilment to the last, and that it wound up with a sort of explanatory dissertation upon the forms which were to follow.”
“Keep out of their way, ma'am,' said the _linkister_ to a lady, 'for when they come racing about here with their guns, they gits powerful sarcy.”
“French than Tartar in his look and manner, -- a _linkister_, too, -- the whites called him Charley, -- and Charley had got very drunk.”
“Wissa, no longer a slave, but, according to the promise of Eonah, fulfilled by his dutiful son, a freeman, holds for this fragment of the red family the post of linkister, and conducts in that capacity its intercourse with the whites, with so much integrity and propriety as to maintain for it that high respect which the noble and elevated character of its head is so well calculated to inspire.”
“But the Cherokees confided implicitly in their linkister, and were probably fleeced accordingly.”
“_linkister_ the meaning of a song the Indian was singing with such glee.”
“_linkister_ to fall back and to remove their horses to a distance.”
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