Definition of papoose in English:



  • 1A type of bag used to carry a child on one's back.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2dated, offensive A young North American Indian child.


Mid 17th century: from Algonquian papoos.