Definition of papoose in English:


Syllabification: pa·poose
Pronunciation: /paˈpo͞os, pə-


  • 1A type of bag used to carry a child on one’s back.
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    • Public transport is inaccessible and while the people carrier may be a necessity for long journeys, local trips through narrow shop doorways require a balance of double buggies and a papoose or backpack.
    • Our papooses are ideal for keeping your baby warm and comfortable. The fleece papooses are available in cream, navy blue and yellow while the 100% cotton towelling papooses are available in the colours shown.
  • 2 dated offensive A young North American Indian child.


mid 17th century: from Narragansett papoos.

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