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noun Southern U.S. (chiefly South Atlantic States ).
  1. Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a term used to refer to a white man.
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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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Historical Examples of buckra

  • I never heard a Buckra man say so, till I heard tell of it in England.

    The History of Mary Prince

    Mary Prince

  • De Yankee tell we to go en Buckra corn house and git w'at we want for eat.

  • Gib me de money, buckra, she croaked; gib me de money here in dis hand.

  • At the first sight of these strangers, Quaco shot like an arrow into the underwood—calling upon the buckra to follow his example.

    The Maroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Fore God, buckra, if one of younner put your nasty hand on dis chile of my ole missus you got to knock Delia down fust.

British Dictionary definitions for buckra


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