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ofay

[oh-fey] /ˈoʊ feɪ/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person.
Also, fay.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25, Americanism; of obscure origin; the popular notion that the word is a Pig Latin deformation of foe is very dubious
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British Dictionary definitions for ofay

ofay

/ˈəʊfeɪ/
noun
1.
(US, slang) a derogatory term for a White person
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for ofay
n.

American English black slang, "white person," 1925, of unknown origin. If, as is sometimes claimed, it derives from an African word, none corresponding to it has been found. Perhaps the most plausible speculation is Yoruba ófé "to disappear" (as from a powerful enemy), with the sense transferred from the word of self-protection to the source of the threat. OED regards the main alternative theory, that it is pig Latin for foe, to be no more than an "implausible guess."

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Slang definitions & phrases for ofay

ofay

modifier

: ofay business men and planters

noun

A white person; fay, Gray: Let the ofays have Wall Street to themselves/ a white boy, an ofay (1917+ Black)

[probably fr pig Latin for foe]


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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