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Rastus

also 'Rastus, masc. proper name, short for Erastus. As a stereotypical name of an American slave or derogatory for "black man," 1881, probably from use in stories of Joel Chandler Harris.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The general told me about his servant, "rastus," who was an enlisted colored soldier.

    Acres of Diamonds Russell H. Conwell
  • I'm kinder like 'rastus Bailey used to be at the dances when you and me was younger, Perez.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But youd better get down below, rastus, and get some dry clothes on.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • It was rather lucky for young rastus here, commented the officer.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • Don't you nevah think no mo' 'bout bein' a preachah, 'rastus?

    The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Hurry up, rastus, and youll find that this was the best days work you ever did.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • If I had known rastus full name, Id have slung him two life preservers, for fear one wouldnt be able to float it.

    Bobby Blake on a Plantation Frank A. Warner
  • I'm goin' to show him my babies, especially rastus, and I know he ain't hard.

    Drusilla with a Million Elizabeth Cooper
  • Phil was supported to the bunk house and put to bed by Keller and 'rastus.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Unto him a half hour later came old 'rastus with her invitation to dine.

    The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer

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