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n. pl. pick·a·nin·nies Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a young black child.

[Of West Indian creole and African creole origin; akin to Jamaican Patwa picknie, Krio (English-based creole of Sierra Leone) pikin, and Tok Pisin pikinini, child, all from a Portuguese-based pidgin, from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno, small, Spanish pequeñ:o and Italian piccino, small.]


n, pl -nies
a variant spelling (esp US) of piccaninny


or pic•a•nin•ny

(ˈpɪk əˌnɪn i)

n., pl. -nies.
usage: This term, though not usually used with disparaging intent, is perceived as highly insulting.
Older Use: Extremely Offensive. (a term used to refer to a black child.)
[1645–55; probably ultimately < Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno small; compare Jamaican Creole E pickney small child]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pickaninny - (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"
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Even the women and the several pickaninnies of the plantation were lined up with the rest, two deep--a horde of naked savages a trifle under two hundred strong.
His name on the passenger list does not matter, but his other name, Captain Malu, was a name for niggers to conjure with, and to scare naughty pickaninnies to righteousness from New Hanover to the New Hebrides.
Although minstrelsy's popularity had declined sharply by the beginning of the 20th century, many of the genre's stock characters such as Jim Crow, Zip Coon, Uncle Tom, Mammy, and pickaninnies continued to be seen in popular culture.
Modern manifestations of this mindset and process of social exchange are readily available in popular culture of the late eighteenth century through the present day vis-a-vis re-worked depictions of Mammy, Sambo, Uncle Tom, the Black Buck, and pickaninnies.
2003, 50-51), Emancipation Approximation (6-66), Darkytown Rebellion (78-79), and For the Benefit of All the Races of Mankind (Mos' Specially Master One, Boss) (83-84)--Walker places deceptively simple black cut-paper images, often much larger than the human body, over the walls of museum rooms and stages them in a context reminiscent of Uncle Tom's Cabin-like narratives, complete with generic props such as slaves, masters, and slave-catchers, concubines and pickaninnies, guns and whips--that is, human subjects and tools of torture and enslavement.
Love Tom and Marie and your two little Pickaninnies Gabrielle and Charlotte xxxx.
show me a colored man in any of the Southern States who owns the roof which shelters is family, who picks the banjo on his own doorstep, whose pickaninnies dance and gambol in his own front yard and I will show you a colored man who has solved for himself at least the race question of the South.
And pickaninnies are expressly not-children; they are "little black Sambo," a type without individual distinction, half-feral prey that gets eaten by tigers.
But where Wilson instrumentalizes rude ceramic pickaninnies as divining rods locating lost African-American histories and masked racial attitudes, Johansson scans day-tripper souvenirs such as Dala horses for traces of Swedish National Romanticism, a cultural movement that began in the late nineteenth century.