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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]
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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"
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Translations

piccaninny

(o.f.) [ˈpɪkəˌnɪnɪ] Nnegrito/a m/f
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piccaninny

n (neg!)Negerkind nt (neg!)
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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. It died here in our village of the fever and they buried it!"
One reviewer of Father Comes Home from the Wars observed how Parks "impishly blends contemporary and period styles" to dramatize her "seriocomic meditation on liberty, loyalty, and identity." Only Topsy, the mischievous piccaninny of Uncle Toms' Cabin, who has been described as a cunning "funny specimen," could have a more perverse pleasure in reinventing the hardship of her condition into a moment of mirthful amusement, largely because she was untutored in the moral corruption of her servitude and had no sense of her history.
On the knee of the negro lady sat a tiny black piccaninny with nothing on at all.
By which I mean at least you're not a piccaninny. I mean that satirically.
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.
(65) In an Australian newspaper, one reporter referred to her as 'this frizzy-haired little piccaninny', although knowing Goolagong would not like it, because he thought 'that is what she looked like'.
Her recent graduation from a skinny piccaninny with brief skirts and stiffly wrapped braids into the dignity of a long calico dress and starched white turban was an intoxicating affair.
A variation on the politically incorrect description for a small black child, piccaninny has its roots in the mid 17th century slave trade.