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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.
A white man, esp a poor and mean one; cracker, paddy
[1790+ Black British; probably fr mbakara, ''master,'' fr several West African languages]