[haf-breed, hahf-]Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to the offspring of parents of different racial origin, especially the offspring of an American Indian and a white person of European descent.
of or relating to such offspring.
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combination, hodgepodge, mishmash, hybrid, cross, medley, mutt, blend, conglomeration, mule, amalgam, cross-breed
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Origin of half-breed
An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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You figger Rann an' the snake of a half-breed'll get the start of us.The Hunted Woman|James Oliver Curwood
offensive a person whose parents are of different races, esp the offspring of a White person and an American Indian
adjective also: half-bred
of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds
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"person of mixed race," 1760; as an adjective by 1762. Half-blooded in this sense is from c.1600.
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