pickaninnies

pickaninny

[pik-uh-nin-ee]
noun, plural pickaninnies. Offensive.
a black child.


Origin:
1645–55; probably ultimately < Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno small; as a word for “small child,” pickaninny and its variants are widespread in English-based creoles of the New World and West Africa; compare Jamaican English pickney, West African English pickin small child

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pickaninny (ˌpɪkəˈnɪnɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
a variant spelling (esp US) of piccaninny

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