Etymology
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coolie (n.)

name given by Europeans to hired native laborers employed in menial work in India and China, c. 1600, according to OED from Hindi quli "hired servant," probably from kuli, name of an aboriginal tribe or caste in Gujarat. The name was picked up by the Portuguese, who used it in southern India (where by coincidence kuli in Tamil meant "hire") and in China.

updated on March 21, 2018

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Definitions of coolie from WordNet

coolie (n.)
(ethnic slur) an offensive name for an unskilled Asian laborer;
Synonyms: cooly
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.