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high yellow

noun, Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a light-skinned black person.
Also, high yaller
[yal-er] /ˈyæl ər/ (Show IPA),
high yeller [yel-er] /ˈyɛl ər/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
Related forms
high-yellow, adjective
Usage note
This term implies that the person has a high proportion of white ancestry and looks more like a white person than a black one. The term was most commonly used in the American South in the late 19th century and early 20th century, though it survives in our culture today. See also yellow.
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high yellow

noun phrase

A light-skinned black person, esp an attractive young woman: I mean high-yellow girls/ took some little high-yaller girl in the closet one day (1923+ Black)


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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