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n. Offensive
A dark-skinned person, especially one from northern Africa.

[black + -a-, of unknown origin + Moor.]


(ˈblækəˌmʊə; -ˌmɔː)
archaic a Black African or other person with dark skin
[C16: see Black, Moor]


(ˈblæk əˌmʊər)

n. Archaic.
a person with very dark skin.
[1540–50; unexplained variant of phrase black Moor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackamoor - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)blackamoor - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
person of color, person of colour - (formal) any non-European non-white person
Negress - a Black woman or girl
Black race, Negro race, Negroid race - a dark-skinned race
Black man - a man who is Black
Black woman - a woman who is Black
colored, colored person - a United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive
darkey, darkie, darky - (ethnic slur) offensive term for Black people
jigaboo, nigga, nigger, nigra, coon, spade - (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigga"
Tom, Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression


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References in classic literature ?
It’s so best,” said the hunter; “they thought they had to journey different ways, children: though there is One greater than all, who’ll bring the just together, at His own time, and who’ll whiten the skin of a blackamoor, and place him on a footing with princes.
I am such a blackamoor that I cannot smirch myself.
I've never met with nothing but beer ath'll ever clean a comic blackamoor.
Steuben's blackamoor informed him, in the communicative manner of his race, that the ladies had gone out to pay some visits and look at the Capitol.
He looks down upon us country people as so many blackamoors.
Although many details in these three works do not fit Jakobson's paradigm, still, there is something to it, and we might ask whether the Blackamoor of Peter the Great, as transposed by Lourie into opera, provides a fourth instance of this invariant.
Wittgenstein provides a necessary caveat to this essay's topic, which, baldly stated, is a chronological account of a hitherto-un-remarked cultural trope: the pairing of a eunuch and a blackamoor.
Mindful of the "blackamoor" theme of Wilson's installation, a friend suggests I visit the famous Venetian jeweler Nardi, which specializes in diamond-and-ruby-encrusted blackamoor bracelets, cuff links, etc.
So, the hurdy-gurdy squeaked very authentically, the Blackamoor stumbled drunkenly and Petrushka's fanfares raged desperately.
Titus Andronicus (London: Routledge, 1995), 83-92, and Brian Boyd, "The Blackamoor Babe: Titus Andronicus, Play, Ballad and History" and "Kind and Unkindness: Aaron in Titus Andronicus" (forthcoming).
We have thus too long failed to notice evidence of the presence of black bodies, and perhaps even black voices, in the stage directions that call for blackamoor musicians in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.
This Skipper and granddad remained pals, And in time the purchased blackamoor Grew up zealous and incorruptible, The tsar's confidant, not his slave.