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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