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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.]
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n, pl -nies
a variant spelling (esp US) of piccaninny
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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.—n.
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]
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|Noun||1.||pickaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child|
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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