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darkie

[dahr-kee] /ˈdɑr ki/
noun
1.

darky

or darkie

[dahr-kee] /ˈdɑr ki/
noun, plural darkies. Older Use: Now Offensive.
1.
a term used to refer to a black person.
Origin of darky
1765-1775
1765-75; dark + -y2
Usage note
The earliest uses of darky in English were sentimental, probably affectionate in intent, although it is likely that even then, those who were addressed or referred to by the term found it patronizing. For example, the lyrics of Stephen Foster's song My Old Kentucky Home (1853) refer with nostalgia to happy darkies. But by the early part of the 20th century, the term had became increasingly offensive and unacceptable. Current versions of the Foster lyrics refer instead to “people.”
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Examples from the Web for darkie
Historical Examples
  • I just ran to darkie and untied her, and took her by the bridle.

  • My master said, "Good-bye, darkie; be a good horse and always do your best."

  • As they went away one of the ringmen says, 'Ten to one against darkie.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Of course the first thing to be done was to ride round the ranch and see whether darkie could be found anywhere.

  • My master said, "Good-by, darkie; be a good horse, and always do your best."

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
  • My first instinct was to give darkie her head and fly for the ranch, but Lenox caught at my bridle.

  • If Spanish Lu were within short distance of us, the sooner we got darkie safely home, the better.

  • So we felt that darkie had patched up peace, particularly as we didn't accuse Lu Hudson of taking her.

  • When the storm was sufficiently over for us to venture home, he led out darkie himself and helped me to mount.

  • She was now on the point of giving darkie a large corner of buttered toast, when Dennis interfered.

British Dictionary definitions for darkie

darky

/ˈdɑːkɪ/
noun (informal) (pl) darkies, darkeys
1.
an offensive word for a Black person
2.
(Austral) an offensive word for a native Australian
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Word Origin and History for darkie

darky

n.

"black person" (now offensive), 1775, from dark (adj.) + -y (3). Related: Darkies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for darkie

darky

noun

A black person (1775+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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