piccaninny

esp US pickaninny

/ (ˌpɪkəˈnɪnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

offensive a small Black or Aboriginal child
(modifier) tinya piccaninny fire won't last long

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Word Origin for piccaninny

C17: perhaps from Portuguese pequenino tiny one, from pequeno small
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