piccaninny


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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 ?
Strung around them are scalps, of boys as well as of pirates, for these are the Piccaninny tribe, and not to be confused with the softer-hearted Delawares or the Hurons.
Yes, bwana," replied Tambudza, "there was a woman with them and a little child--a little white piccaninny.
The two cattle stations are Cape York's 170 000 ha Piccaninny Plains Station--with the largest and most intact area of tropical grasslands in the high rainfall belt of northern Australia--and the 667 000 ha Kalamurina Station in South Australia.
Rosita's final lyrics directly reference Powell's hateful remarks: 'I am a little piccaninny / Full of grins and oh so skinny .