Definitions

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  • noun dated, pejorative A person from Portugal.

Etymologies

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Variant of Portuguese, or perhaps back-formation from Portuguese taking it as a plural.

Examples

  • "Portagee" Oreza was the son of a Gloucester fisherman and had a reputation approaching his captain's.

    Clear and Present Danger

  • Allen Jenkins, another Damon Runyon character actor, plays Portagee Joe with a Brooklyn accent, and Henry O'Neil, who usually played district attorneys, doctors, and generals, shows up with a brogue as Father Juan Ramon.

    Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat

  • Allen Jenkins, another Damon Runyon character actor, plays Portagee Joe with a Brooklyn accent, and Henry O'Neil, who usually played district attorneys, doctors, and generals, shows up with a brogue as Father Juan Ramon.

    Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat

  • "Skipper, a few more knots and I can hold her a little steadier," Portagee reported at the wheel.

    Clear and Present Danger

  • Oreza was also a man who understood the importance of a good cup of coffee, and one thing about coming to the bridge when Portagee was around was that you were guaranteed a cup of his personal brew.

    Clear and Present Danger

  • He guessed it wouldn't come natural to him to take orders from a Portagee -- not at sea.

    The Best Short Stories of 1919 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

  • Portagee: The American people and legal immigrants won today.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • FYI ... before your time, I lived 1 / 4 mile makai from Portagee Bend above Alii Drive.

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  • Him and Portagee were working on something or other down in the goat locker. "

    Clear and Present Danger

  • "Portagee, I want you on the wheel when we go Hotel Corpin.

    Clear and Present Danger

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