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n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a black person.

[Origin unknown.]
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a Black person
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jigaboo - (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
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A sideman had seen the NCAA championship game between the women's teams from Rutgers and the University of Tennessee, and the spectacle he thought suggestive of tribal warfare between "the Jigaboos" and "the Wannabes." Don Imus, the program's host and factory foreman, acknowledged the remark with a blowing of old-time smoke.
The Don Imus affair (Google: nappy-headed hos, jigaboos and
The Laurents, appalled by the smirking indifference of the authorities to the fate of two "jigaboos," transcended the bitter prejudice of their time and decided to adopt the orphaned Majid.
On the other hand, for the film's first extended dance sequence, in which Jigaboos and lighter-skinned Wannabes taunt each other, Lee uses flamboyantly contrasting colors to point towards an active social conflict, rather than passive individual association.