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[slant-ahyd, slahnt-] /ˈslæntˌaɪd, ˈslɑnt-/
adjective, (of a person)
having eyes with epicanthic folds.
having eyes that appear to slant.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. being from East Asia, especially a Chinese or Japanese person.
Origin of slant-eyed
First recorded in 1860-65
Usage note
Slant, slant-eye, slant-eyed, and slope are highly offensive slurs that derive from a description of Asian eyes that appear to slant because of epicanthic folds. The adjective slant-eyed was first used in the 1860s. The noun slant-eye dates from the 1920s, and was shortened to slant at the beginning of World War II. The term slope first appeared in the late 1940s. These slurs were all used during the Vietnam War to refer to the Vietnamese. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In her plaintive interlude, the slant-eyed servants watched her, nodding and muttering under the camphor trees.

    Dragon's blood Henry Milner Rideout
  • That last statement was proof that the slant-eyed Jap was no dope.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Possibly some slant-eyed, light-fingered pickpocket was even then enjoying the fifty-odd yen his purse had contained.

  • Ramon, having learned patience, said no more but watched her slant-eyed.

  • "I'll put no trust in any slant-eyed, yellow-skinned rice-eater," he announced emphatically.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
  • Then a shrill order in sing-song Japanese snapped the look of disappointment from their slant-eyed faces.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • And for one crazy instant he was tempted to wheel around and drive both fists into that slant-eyed, hateful face.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • I presume that slant-eyed cook is sitting in his wagon waiting for us to come back.

    The Pony Rider Boys in Texas Frank Gee Patchin
  • He was slant-eyed (qyik gzlq) and lion-bodied, being slender from the waist downwards.

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Burly Russians; treacherous, slant-eyed Yellow men have tried it; yes, and daring white crooks, too.

    The Red Lure Roy J. Snell

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