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jigaboo

[jig-uh-boo]
noun, plural jig·a·boos. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
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Origin of jigaboo

1905–10, Americanism; perhaps blend of jijiboo (with same sense, origin uncertain) or jig4 and bugaboo
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Word Origin and History for jigaboo

n.

insulting name for "a black person," 1909, perhaps from jig (q.v.), which had been applied insultingly to persons since late 18c., and ending from bugaboo.

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