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
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  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
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Word Origin and History for buckra

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.

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