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darky

[dahr-kee] /ˈdɑr ki/
noun, plural darkies. Older Use: Now Offensive.
1.
a term used to refer to a black person.
Also, darkie.
Origin
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 darky
  • Ev y darky was scared, but it sho was a pretty sight.
  • The white folks never give the darky nothing when freedom declared.
British Dictionary definitions for darky

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 darky
n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for darky

darky

noun

A black person (1775+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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