[ 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.
- buckner, simon bolivar,
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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/ (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
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
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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