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jigaboo

[jig-uh-boo] /ˈdʒɪg əˌbu/
noun, plural jigaboos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10, Americanism; perhaps blend of jijiboo (with same sense, origin uncertain) or jig4 and bugaboo
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Word Origin and History for jigaboo
n.

insulting name for "a black person," 1909, perhaps from jig (q.v.), which had been applied insultingly to persons since late 18c., and ending from bugaboo.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for jigaboo

jigaboo

modifier

: a jig band

noun

A black person (1909+)


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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