coolie definition by Webster's New World
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- an unskilled native laborer, esp. formerly, in India, China, etc.
- a person doing heavy labor for little pay
Origin: Hindi qulī, hired servant, probably ; from kolī, name of a tribe or caste of Gujarat
coolie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also coo·lynoun pl. coo·lies Offensive
An unskilled Asian laborer.
Origin: Hindi qulī, laborer, perhaps ultimately from Kulī, a tribe in Gujarat.