coolie Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “coolie” in the English Dictionary

"coolie" in British English

See all translations

coolienoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkuː.li/ old-fashioned offensive
an ​unskilled and ​cheaplyemployedworker in ​Asia Indian English a ​person whose ​job is to ​carry things, ​especiallytravellers' ​bags at ​stations, ​airports, etc.
(Definition of coolie from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “coolie”
in Spanish trabajador…
in Vietnamese cu li…
in Malaysian buruh kasar…
in Thai กรรมกร…
in French coolie (travailleur asiatique)…
in German der Kuli…
in Chinese (Simplified) 苦力(指亚洲无技术、廉价的工人)…
in Indonesian kuli…
in Chinese (Traditional) 苦力(指亞洲無技術、廉價的工人)…
What is the pronunciation of coolie?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More