honker

1
[hong-ker, hawng-]

Origin of honker

1
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; honk + -er1

honker

2
[hong-ker, hawng-]
noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. honky.

Origin of honker

2
perhaps honk(y) + -er1

honky

or hon·kie, hon·key, hon·ker

[hong-kee, hawng-]
noun, plural hon·kies. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person.

Origin of honky

1945–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hunky2
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British Dictionary definitions for honker

honker

noun
  1. a person or thing that honks
  2. Canadian an informal name for the Canada goose
  3. slang a nose, esp a large nose

honky

noun plural honkies
  1. derogatory, slang, mainly US a White man or White men collectively

Word Origin for honky

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for honker

honky

n.

also honkey, derogatory slang word for "white person," by 1967, black slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from late 19c. hunky "East-Central European immigrant," a colloquial shortening of Hungarian. Honky in the sense of "factory hand" is attested from 1946.

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