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[nig-uh] /ˈnɪg ə/
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Nigga is used mainly among African Americans, but also among other minorities and ethnicities, in a neutral or familiar way and as a friendly term of address. It is also common in rap music. However, nigga is taken to be extremely offensive when used by outsiders. Many people consider this word to be equally as offensive as nigger. The words nigger and nigga are pronounced alike in certain dialects, and so it has been claimed that they are one and the same word.
noun, Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
a term used to refer to or address a black person.
alteration of nigger, based on pronunciation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for niggas



1925, also niggah, representing southern U.S. pronunciation of nigger (q.v.).

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



A black person •Not a taboo word as used by one black person to or about another, esp by rap singers: For several years, it has become common for young blacks to greet each other as ''nigga'' (1925+)

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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