Definitions

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  • n. klootchman: woman, wife (especially if Native American).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as klootchman.

Etymologies

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Either a shortening of klootchman, or simply from the Nootka łóóc ("female") that is the first part of that word, without the addition of the second part.

Examples

  • So up I went to the tenth floor, and there I saw 10-8 as it had been before, and my rooker trembled and shook as I took out of my carman the little klootch I had for opening up.

    Where's the show?

  • I opened the door of 10-8 with my own little klootch, and inside our malenky quarters all was quiet, the pee and em both being in sleepland, and mum had laid out on the table on malenky bit of supper - a couple of lomticks of tinned sponge - meat with a shive or so of kleb and butter, a glass of the old cold moloko.

    Where's the show?

  • So trailing north with old Limping George, his fat _klootch_, and two half-grown Siwash youths, Hazel bore steadily across country, driving as straight as the rolling land allowed for the cabin that snuggled in

    North of Fifty-Three

  • But I very firmly fitted the klootch in the lock and turned, then opened up then went in, and there I met three pairs of surprised and almost frightened glazzies looking at me, and it was pee and em having their breakfast, but it was also another veck that I had never viddied in my jeezny before, a bolshy thick veck in his shirt and braces, quite at home, brothers, slurping away at the milky chai and munchmunching at his eggiweg and toast.

    Where's the show?

  • Perhaps more pertinent for this section are klootchman (or klootch) and mahala, both of which are essentially synonyms for squaw, the first among tribes of northwestern America (it derives from Nootka lotssman ` woman, wife '), the second among tribes of California's San Joaquin Valley and adjacent Sierra Nevada slopes (it derives from Yokuts mokel ` woman').

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 3

  • And as for dress, the average woman piles a lot of truck on her like a _klootch_ at a potlatch, and cinches herself up in a---- "

    Desert Conquest or, Precious Waters

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