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piccaninny

(ˌpɪkəˈnɪnɪ) or

pickaninny

n, pl -nies
1. offensive a small Black or Aboriginal child
2. (modifier) tiny: a piccaninny fire won't last long.
[C17: perhaps from Portuguese pequenino tiny one, from pequeno small]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piccaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
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)
child, kid, minor, nipper, tiddler, youngster, tike, shaver, small fry, nestling, fry, tyke - a young person of either sex; "she writes books for children"; "they're just kids"; "`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
Translations

piccaninny

(o.f.) [ˈpɪkəˌnɪnɪ] Nnegrito/a m/f

piccaninny

n (neg!)Negerkind nt (neg!)
References in classic literature ?
She is the most beautiful of dusky Dianas [Diana = goddess of the woods] and the belle of the Piccaninnies, coquettish [flirting], cold and amorous [loving] by turns; there is not a brave who would not have the wayward thing to wife, but she staves off the altar with a hatchet.
I think we might have had the whole establishment, piccaninnies included.
and Andrew Lang 1897 Australian legendary tales: folklore of the Noongahburrahs as told to the piccaninnies, D Nutt, London.
GODFREY Boris Johnson's pontificated on Piccaninnies, now it's Bongo Bongo land for Godfey Bloom, the racism of some politicians is still the (African) elephant in the room.
And, among the lions, their lairs and their cubs, the chickens, their coops and their chicks, the rabbits, their warrens and their kits and the dogs, their kennels and their pups, was a line about black people, who, according to this dated, disgusting work, lived in mud huts and had young who were called piccaninnies.
Australian Legendary Tales, folk-lore of the Noongahburrahs as told to the Piccaninnies.
When she goes to the shops, she is followed by children, charming, wide-grinning piccaninnies.
Invoking spectres of "grinning piccaninnies," Powell called for a halt to all non-white immigration, and the repatriation of those without "substantial connection" to Britain.