One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
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