One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounRegional, New England, US
(A) A friend, a close companion. Frequently used in salutation to an American Indian by early colonists. (b) A name for: an American Indian.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Roger Williams. From Pidgin Algonquian of southern New England, attested as Narragansett nétop my friend (originally the male friend of a man); compare Massachusett neetomp.
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