Definition of coolie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkuːli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkuːli//
(old-fashioned, taboo)
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an offensive word for a worker in Eastern countries with no special skills or training Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Hindi and Telugu kūlī ‘day labourer’, probably associated with Urdu ḳulī ‘slave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coolie