Uncle Tom

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Uncle Tom

A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.

[After Uncle Tom, , a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.]

Uncle Tom′ism n.

Uncle Tom

informal derogatory a Black person whose behaviour towards White people is regarded as obsequious and servile
[C20: after the slave who is the main character of H.B. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)]
Uncle Tomism n

Un′cle Tom′

usage: This term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting. Though usually used of a black person, it occasionally refers to a person of any race who exhibits overly deferential behavior, esp. a female.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person who is regarded as being abjectly servile or deferential to whites.)
[1920–25, Amer.; so called after the leading character in H. B. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin]
Un′cle Tom′ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to WhitesUncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
2.Uncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
References in classic literature ?
The cabin of Uncle Tom was a small log building, close adjoining to "the house," as the negro par excellence designates his master's dwelling.
Not that way, Uncle Tom,--not that way," said he, briskly, as Uncle Tom laboriously brought up the tail of his g the wrong side out; "that makes a q, you see.
said Uncle Tom, looking with a respectful, admiring air, as his young teacher flourishingly scrawled q's and g's innumerable for his edification; and then, taking the pencil in his big, heavy fingers, he patiently recommenced.
said Uncle Tom, "they are so full of tickle all the while, they can't behave theirselves.
Uncle Tom Sinnings is building a new barn on his place on the Valley Road.
If we do so, you just say to us, as old Chloe did in UNCLE TOM, `Tink ob yer marcies, chillen
29) Uncle Tom, Topsy, and other "comical" Black characters were played in blackface; George, Eliza, Harry, and Cassie were not, because they were meant to be able to "pass" as white.
Even though both Czech versions of Uncle Tom s Cabin of 1853 offer shorter and changed stories, we consider them to be translations, in accord with the theory of Gideon Toury (1995).
Unlike Sarah Meer's Uncle Tom Mania: Slavery, Minstrelsy, and Transatlantic Culture in the 1850s (2006), John W.
While filming in France, the Roadshow's Fiona Bruce told the family: "Your uncle Tom is buried in this graveyard" and led the family to a headstone bearing his name.
It depicts George''''s father driving the coach at the right hand side, and his uncle Joe driving the coach at the left, while his uncle Tom holds the display board.
The 30-year-old actress' rep claimed that the joke her brother had said was that one day his sister will have a baby, and he will then be Uncle Tom, Us magazine reported.