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o·fay

 (ō′fā′)
n. Offensive Slang
Used as a disparaging term for a white person.

[Origin unknown.]
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ofay

(ˈəʊfeɪ)
n
slang US a derogatory term for a White person
[C20: origin unknown]
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o•fay

(ˈoʊ feɪ)

also fay



n.
usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.
n.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person.)
[1920–25, Amer.; of obscure orig.]
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