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[hong-kee, hawng-] /ˈhɒŋ ki, ˈhɔŋ-/
noun, plural honkies. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person.
Also, honkie, honkey, honker.
1945-50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hunky2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for honky
  • The first annoying aspect was the interminable wait to board in a honky-tonk souvenir shop setting.
  • Thieves and murderers were forced by boredom to haunt the honky-tonks.
  • And a wooden piano-a honky-tonk piano-with an eight-track stereo that actually plays.
  • It was kind of saying things were not quite honky-dory over there.
British Dictionary definitions for honky


noun (pl) honkies
(derogatory, slang, mainly US) a White man or White men collectively
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for honky

also honkey, derogatory slang word for "white person," by 1967, black slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from late 19c. hunky "East-Central European immigrant," a colloquial shortening of Hungarian. Honky in the sense of "factory hand" is attested from 1946.

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Slang definitions & phrases for honky



: No talkin' or we'll bust your honky heads


A white person; Gray, ofay (1967+ Black)

[fr hunky1, as often normally pronounced in black English]

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