buckra

[buhk-ruh]

Origin of buckra

1685–90; of uncertain origin; often alleged to be < Efik m̀bakára white man; compare Jamaican English backra, earlier E spelling bochara, bacceroe, backearary
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for buckra

Historical Examples of buckra


British Dictionary definitions for buckra

buckra

noun
  1. (used contemptuously by Black people, esp in the US) a White man

Word Origin for buckra

C18: probably from Efik mba-ka-ra master
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for buckra
n.

disparaging term among U.S. blacks for "white person," especially a poor one, 1790, apparently from an African language; cf. mbakara "master" in Efik, a language of the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper