[ nee-gruh-fahyl, -fil ]
/ ˈni grəˌfaɪl, -fɪl /

noun (sometimes lowercase) Older Use: Often Offensive.

a white or other nonblack person who is especially sympathetic to or supportive of black people.
Also Ne·gro·phil [nee-gruh-fil] /ˈni grə fɪl/.

Origin of Negrophile

First recorded in 1795–1805; Negro + -phile
Related formsNe·groph·i·lism [ni-grof-uh-liz-uh m] /nɪˈgrɒf əˌlɪz əm/, nounNe·groph·i·list, noun

Usage note

See black. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for negrophile


1803, from Negro + -phile.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper