or hon·kie, hon·key, hon·ker

[hong-kee, hawng-]

Origin of honky

1945–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration of hunky2
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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 honky

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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