high yellow

high yellow

noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a light-skinned black person.
Also, high yaller [yal-er] .


Origin:
1920–25

high-yellow, adjective


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.
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