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redskin Syllabification: red·skin
Pronunciation: /ˈredˌskin/

Definition of redskin in English:


dated or , offensive
An American Indian.
Example sentences
  • Something tells me Buchanan isn't ready to turn Florida back over to any of those heathen redskins any time soon.
  • Every few minutes he would remember that he was a pesky redskin, and pick up his stick rifle and tiptoe to the mouth of the cave to rubber for the scouts of the hated paleface.
  • Behind those swing doors, he had been waiting to pounce like a redskin on an intended prey.


The use of the term redskin is first recorded in the 18th century, translating (via French) a term in the Illinois language meaning literally ‘person with red skin’. The term originally had a neutral meaning and was used by American Indians themselves, but it eventually acquired an unfavorable connotation. Redskin, like the related terms red man and Red Indian, is now dated or offensive. American Indian, Native American, and (in Canada) First Nations are now the standard umbrella terms for members of the indigenous peoples of North America. Of course, if it is possible or appropriate, one can also use specific tribal names.

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