- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
- a rustic or undignified person.
Origin of coon
Examples from the Web for coon
Historical Examples of coon
Mr. Coon had just returned when they arrived and was unlocking his door.Sandman's Goodnight Stories
Abbie Phillips Walker
Coon like, they crawled out on the limb and lowered themselves to the trapeze.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Mr. 'Coon and Mr. Crow had been quite busy up in Mr. 'Possum's room.
That is what put Mr. 'Coon to bed and I am just a shadow of my old self.
Mr. 'Coon leaned against the tree, so his spot does not show.
- informal short for raccoon
- offensive, slang a Black person or a native Australian
- Southern African offensive a person of mixed race
Word Origin and History for coon
short for raccoon, 1742, American English. It was the nickname of Whig Party members in U.S. c.1848-60, as the raccoon was the party's symbol, and it also had associations with frontiersmen (who stereotypically wore raccoon-skin caps), which probably ultimately was the source of the Whig Party sense (the party's 1840 campaign was built on a false image of wealthy William Henry Harrison as a rustic frontiersman).
The insulting U.S. meaning "black person" was in use by 1837, said to be ultimately from Portuguese barracoos "building constructed to hold slaves for sale." No doubt boosted by the enormously popular blackface minstrel act "Zip Coon" (George Washington Dixon) which debuted in New York City in 1834. But it is perhaps older (one of the lead characters in the 1767 colonial comic opera "The Disappointment" is a black man named Raccoon). Coon's age is 1843, American English, probably an alteration of British a crow's age.