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(W African) a small child
Word Origin
from Portuguese pequeno; see piccaninny
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  • You're tired to pieces with this pickin' and sortin', an' you're comin' over to dinner, both on ye.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The only thing I've got against her is her bad judgment in pickin' a father.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Is a feller free when he's got two pickin' at him instead of one?

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And I said, 'They're all pickin' on me and callin' me cowardy calf!'

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • She's pickin' herself up out the dust and hurryin' home like two-forty.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Wolf don't go where wolf hez been, and coyote don't foller Injins—there's no pickin's!

  • Thousands of bottles, every boy in this town's out a pickin' up bottles for me.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • She wouldn't have been my choice if I'd been doin' the pickin'.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • It would hearten the mistress could she see how he does be pickin' up.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • Thinks I to m'self, they is pickin' them blackberries down to the crick.

    The Flaming Jewel Robert W. Chambers

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