honky or hon·kie, hon·key, hon·ker [ hong-kee, hawng-] Word Origin See more synonyms for honky on Thesaurus.com noun, plural hon·kies. . Slang: Disparaging and Offensive a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person. Origin of honky 1945–50, Americanism
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British Dictionary definitions for honkie derogatory, slang, mainly US a White man or White men collectively Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for honkie honky n.
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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