1. an uncouth, rowdy person, irrespective of actual race.
|Ring-Tailed Roarers (1941) 248: Git up, you lazy Injun.‘The Muscadine Story’ in|
|Artie (1963) 30: This guy’s an Indian. He won’t do. He do n’t belong.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 307: ‘Oh, yees two Injuns has come to, has yees?’ said the wardman [...] ‘an’ th’ divil’s own pair yees are, t’ say th’ laste.’.|
|Dead End Act I: The little Indians! They oughtn’t to be allowed in the street with decent people.|
|(con. 1945) Spearhead 116: Your daughter is a bad girl. Keegan, you’re a bad Indian.|
|Stand On It (1979) 213: ‘F-u-c-k-i-n-g I-n-d-i-a-n,’ he said.|
2. a person.
|People You Know 55: If he’s the Indian you want to see, I’ll show you where he hangs out.|
|Voice of the City (1915) 202: The young men said he was an ‘Indian.’ He was supposed to be an accomplished habitue of the inner circles of Bohemia.‘Extradited from Bohemia’ in|
|Varmint 55: Is this the line of talk you’ve been putting out to that bunch of Indians down in the Green?|
|Abe and Mawruss 194: ‘That other crazy Indian over there,’ Morris continued, pointing to the professor.|
|Young People’s Pride 175: Good Lord – Paris! Why you lucky, lucky Indian!|
3. a cent [a picture of a Native American was engraved on the reverse].
|Prison Secrets 311: The borrowed penny [...] inherits the twelve ‘Indians’ in the ‘pot’ [HDAS].|
4. a quick temper; usu. as get one’s Indian up
|DA].Memoirs 320: It woke Colonel John Forney up to the very highest pitch of his fighting ‘Injun,’ or, as they say in Pennsylvania, his ‘Dutch’ [|
|Maledicta III:2 160: Indian n [DA 1888] 1: Temper; Irish and Dutch are used similarly though Indian implies a greater vindictiveness and stubbornness than either of the other; from the popular stereotype.|
(US) an influential, important person.
|Army Life of an Illinois Soldier (1996) 37: I have four men to guard the prisoners and two orderlies to send errands for me, so I play big injun strongly.|
see under dead adj.
(US) to lose one’s temper; to anger, to irritate.
|Trials 887: I will say that his conduct had got my Indian up a little and I felt a little vixenish about it.|
|No Pockets in a Shroud 67: ‘I see you got your Indian up,’ Bertha would say, as soon as his father would cross the threshold. [...] ‘God don’t like ugly.’.|
(US) to sneak up without alerting one’s targets.
|Oldtown Folks 189: Jack Marshall and me has been Indianing round these ’ere woods more times ’n you could count.|
|Sam Lawson’s Oldtown Fireside Stories (1881) 55: Lordy massy! when a feller is Indianin’ round, these ’ere pleasant summer days, a feller’s thought gits like a flock o’ young partridges.|
|Western Words (1968) 83: Indian up — To approach without noise. Commonly used with reference to sneaking [DARE].|
|Maledicta III:2 161: Indian up v phr Sneak up without noise; from alleged Indian stealth and craftiness.|
(US) to ambush.
|Story Omnibus (1966) 101: He had a gun in his hand. I took him for a stick-up, so I played Indian on him.‘This King Business’|
(US) to resist joining in a drinking session.
|DA].Ramble 221: During these drinking fits, there is always one at least of the party who remains sober, in order to secure the knives, &c. Hence the Americans derive the cant phrase of ‘doing the sober Indian’ which they apply to any one of a company who will not drink fairly [|
|First Fam’lies in the Sierras xxi 184: He had had his carouse, and was now playing sober Indian [DA].|
|Maledicta III:2 161: Indian, play the sober vi Not to join in drinking.|