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




n, pl darkies or darkeys
1. an offensive word for a Black person
2. Austral an offensive word for a native Australian
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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.
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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)
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References in classic literature ?
He told some amusing plantation experiences, recollections of old Iberville and his youth, when he hunted `possum in company with some friendly darky; thrashed the pecan trees, shot the grosbec, and roamed the woods and fields in mischievous idleness.
"Shall we let this darky drop all at once?" inquired Joe.
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.
and BOWSE this timber forward."--"I say, darky, blast your eyes, why don't you heat up some pitch?"--"Halloo!
Blackface, a form of makeup used predominantly by nonblacks to represent a caricature of a black person, gained popularity in the 19th century and contributed to the spread of racial stereotypes such as the "happy-go-lucky darky."
Readers must therefore ponder how the book's inexplicable omission of the particularly insidious and popular subgenre of songs known as "coon songs" makes sense, while songs with the just as stereotypical "happy darky" figure show up throughout the book, with the hollow insistence that they offer "an idealized image of the southern African American" and are thus positive in nature (79).
"But it was this darky dark, 'Donnie Darko' dark ...
In "The Darky", in part one, what predominates is the point of view of the male white writer, Nehemiah, who, unable to acknowledge Dessa's humanity and intelligence, often associates her body to bestial and evil characteristics:
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.