buckra

buckra

[buhk-ruh]
noun Southern U.S. (chiefly South Atlantic States) .
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a white man.

Origin:
1685–90; of uncertain origin; often alleged to be < Efik m̀bakára white man; compare Jamaican English backra, earlier E spelling bochara, bacceroe, backearary

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buckra (ˈbʌkrə)
 
n
(used contemptuously by Black people, esp in the US) a White man
 
[C18: probably from Efik mba-ka-ra master]

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buckra
disparaging term among U.S. blacks for "white person," especially a poor one, 1790, apparently from an African language; cf. mbakara "master" in Efik, a language of the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria.
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