[ buhk-ruh ]
/ ˈbʌk rə /

noun Southern U.S. (chiefly South Atlantic States ).

Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a white man.

Nearby words

  1. buckling,
  2. buckminsterfullerene,
  3. buckner,
  4. buckner, simon bolivar,
  5. bucko,
  6. buckraking,
  7. buckram,
  8. bucks,
  9. bucksaw,
  10. buckshee

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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British Dictionary definitions for buckra


/ (ˈbʌkrə) /


(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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