Meaning of coolie in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkuːli/

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nounplural noun coolies

  • 1 dated, offensive An unskilled native labourer in India, China, and some other Asian countries.

    1. 1.1 offensive A person from South or East Asia.


Mid 17th century from Hindi and Telugu kūlī ‘day labourer’, probably associated with Urdu ḳulī ‘slave’.