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also dark·ie  (där′kē)
n. pl. dark·ies Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a black person.


(ˈdɑːkɪ) ,




n, pl darkies or darkeys
1. an offensive word for a Black person
2. Austral an offensive word for a native Australian


or dark•ie

(ˈdɑr ki)

n., pl. dark•ies.
usage: This term, though rarely used today, is perceived as patronizing, demeaning, or insulting. Its earliest uses in English show that it was a neutral, informal term, but its degree of offensiveness has increased.
(a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.)
Older Use: Offensive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.darky - (ethnic slur) offensive term for Black people
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)
References in classic literature ?
This is illustrated by a story told of a coloured man in Alabama, who, one hot day in July, while he was at work in a cotton-field, suddenly stopped, and, looking toward the skies, said: "O Lawd, de cottom am so grassy, de work am so hard, and the sun am so hot dat I b'lieve dis darky am called to preach
First, it was "Treat my daughter kind-i-ly," and then she swung into old-fashioned darky camp-meeting hymns, beginning with:
Maybe you won't believe it, but some days for hours I just lie in the sun like a darky boy, not even thinking.
I say, darky, blast your eyes, why don't you heat up some pitch?
Meanwhile, Green Street star Geoff Bell plays the part of Darky Mulley.
Shatul aka Toolius and Amey aka Darky successfully hit world records on Cinebench, Geekbench 3 Multicore, GPUPI 100M for CPU, Cinebench R15, wPrime 1024M and HWBOT Prime.
18 (450m): Witton Galileo, Tullymurry Darky, Phat Tomahawk, Swift Trott (M), Auntie Joan (M), Mill Gretchen (W).
His darky was clearly not representative of them and their worlds" (180).
Mainly because of their now astonishingly politically incorrectly named dog Darky.
This musical celebration of antebellum Southern plantation culture, mounted in Brooklyn with 500 performers, was a valentine to (as a contemporary New York Times article put it the "fun-loving darky of old slavery days.
I'll vow, why is it every darky I hire has to slouch and shuffle as if I had all the time in the world?