honky

[hong-kee, hawng-]
noun, plural honkies. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person.
Also, honkie, honkey, honker.


Origin:
1945–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hunky2

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honky (ˈhɒŋkɪ)
 
n , pl honkies
derogatory, slang chiefly (US) a White man or White men collectively
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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honky
derogatory slang word for "white person," 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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honky definition


and honkey; honkie; hunky
  1. n.
    a white male; a Caucasian. (Black. Not necessarily derogatory. A pronunciation variant of hunky. Compare to jonx = junks.) : Some honky was around asking for you.
  2. mod.
    in the manner of a Caucasian; white-like. : That's honky music. I want to hear soul.
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Example sentences
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.
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