from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive An unskilled Asian laborer.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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. A person of Indian descent.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as cooly.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborer
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.