Definition of Nicobarese in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of the Nicobar Islands.

    • ‘Those living on the Nicobar Islands - the Shompen and Nicobarese - are of Asian descent.’
    • ‘Predation of eggs by wild boar, monitor lizards and feral dogs, particularly in areas inhabited by the Nicobarese is a problem here.’
    • ‘The Nicobarese are the largest tribal group in the islands, with about 30,000 members, accounting for around a tenth of the archipelago's population.’
    • ‘I recognised one, a Nicobarese from a nearby village.’
    • ‘The Shompens of Great Nicobar, who have a history of raiding the Nicobarese in earlier times, remain a peaceable though elusive people of the isles today, their numbers stated to have dwindled due to disease.’
    • ‘While the Nicobarese live closer to the coast and have evolved into a sea-dependent people, the Shompens are forest dwelling.’
    • ‘In contrast, the Nicobarese have become more assimilated and their lifestyles are more similar to those of mainland India.’
    • ‘When we turned around, all the houses were gone,’ said Matenga, an indigenous Nicobarese.’
    • ‘Earlier studies had shown that the Nicobarese are of Southeast Asian origin and probably reached the islands relatively recently, between 15,000 and 18,000 years ago.’
    • ‘Even a small loss in any of these groups, barring the more numerous Nicobarese, could seriously endanger their survival.’
  • 2[mass noun] An ancient language spoken in the Nicobar Islands, distantly related to the Mon-Khmer and Munda families. It now has fewer than 20,000 speakers.


  • Relating to the Nicobar Islands, their inhabitants, or their language.

    • ‘Officials on Campbell Bay island reported that a Nicobarese local had been spotted on deserted Pillow Panja island on January 19, wearing underwear and waving a ‘flag’ made from the rest of his clothes.’
    • ‘Once when strolling the streets of Car Nicobar, where billboards, time, and fast food do not exist and the Internet is as foreign as snow, an old Nicobarese man came up to me and said: ‘It is great to have you here, but let's not make it a habit.’’
    • ‘In his first interview since being rescued on Jan.19, a 40-year-old Nicobarese tribesman described his 25-day ordeal as he prayed and waited for death after the tsunami killed everyone else on his tiny island.’