/ˈkuːli/ noun, pl -lies [count]
offensive + old-fashioned : an unskilled Asian worker who is paid low wages

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  • coo|lie — «KOO lee», noun, plural lies, adjective. –n. 1. an unskilled laborer in India or China: »In 1924 he was evicted and fled Peking disguised as a coolie (Newsweek). 2. a laborer who does hard work for very little pay. –adj. like that worn by a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • coo — ba·ba·coo·te; bar·coo; bel·la·coo·la; coo·ba; coo·ee; coo·la·bah; coo·la·mon; coo·ley s; coo·lidg·e·an; coo·lidge; coo·lie·ism; coo·rie; coo·ta·mun·dra; coo; coo·lie; coo·pe·ria; coo·ter; coo·bah; coo·ing·ly; coo·la·man; coo·li·bah; …   English syllables

  • lie — adé·lie; al·to re·lie·vo; bai·lie; bas·so re·lie·vo; be·lie; bil·lie; bil·lie·tite; bir·lie·man; cap·er·cail·lie; ca·va·lie·re; ca·vo re·lie·vo; char·lie; col·lie; col·lie·shang·ie; coo·lie·ism; craw·lie; cur·lie·wur·ly; de·lie·ret; drum·lie;… …   English syllables

  • coolie — coo·lie …   English syllables

  • coolie — coo·lie s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} nelle colonie asiatiche: lavoratore indigeno salariato {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1905. ETIMO: dall hindi kūlī, forse dal nome di una popolazione indiana …   Dizionario italiano

  • coolie — coo|lie [ˈku:li] n taboo old fashioned [Date: 1600 1700; : Hindi; Origin: kuli] a very offensive word for an unskilled worker who is paid very low wages, especially in parts of Asia. Do not use this word …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • coolie — coo|lie [ kuli ] noun count OFFENSIVE an insulting word used in the past for a worker with no special skills in China, India, and other parts of Asia …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • coolieism — coo·lie·ism …   English syllables

  • coolie — coo•lie [[t]ˈku li[/t]] n. a laborer hired at subsistence wages for unskilled work, esp. formerly in the Far East • Etymology: 1545–55; < Urdu kūlī < Tamil kūli hire, hireling …   From formal English to slang

  • coolie hat — coo′lie hat n. clo a wide conical straw hat worn esp. as a shield against the sun • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

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