Definition of coolie in English:

coolie

noun

dated, offensive
  • 1An unskilled native labourer in India, China, and some other Asian countries.

    1. 1.1 A person from South or East Asia.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Hindi and Telugu kūlī ‘day labourer’, probably associated with Urdu ḳulī ‘slave’.

Pronunciation

coolie

/ˈkuːli/