Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Often Offensive A Native American infant or very young child.
  • noun A cradleboard.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A North American Indian babe or young child, commonly carried by its mother bound up and strapped to a board, or hung up so as to be out of harm's way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A babe or young child of Indian parentage in North America.

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  • noun baby
  • noun backpack (UK)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an American Indian infant

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Narragansett papoòs, child.]

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From Narragansett papoos ("child")

Examples

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  • A papoose (from the Algonquian papoos, meaning "child") is an English loanword whose present meaning (to non-native Americans) is "an American Indian child" (regardless of tribe). The word came originally from the Narragansett.

    _Wikipedia

    February 19, 2008

  • "It is an Eskimo papoose, darling!" -Eddie Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous

    April 13, 2009