Origin of piccaninny
or pic·a·nin·ny, pic·ca·nin·ny
- a term used to refer to a black child.
Origin of pickaninny
Examples from the Web for piccaninny
Historical Examples of piccaninny
The animals and the Piccaninny all frisked around in high excitement.
The Piccaninny told the Bush Baby that he would find some honey for her.Piccaninnies
Isabel Maud Peacocke
And I've been asleep with my head upon my dear, naughty old Bear, with all my animals and the Piccaninny round me.
However, the Piccaninny and the Rabbit soon began a firm friendship by playfully jogging one another over.
It was arranged that the Piccaninny and the Rabbit were to charge together from a distance and see which could unhorse the other.
esp US pickaninny
- offensive a small Black or Aboriginal child
- (modifier) tinya piccaninny fire won't last long
Word Origin for piccaninny
- a variant spelling (esp US) of piccaninny
also pickaninny, 1650s, from West Indies patois, formed as a diminutive from Spanish pequeño or Portuguese pequeno "little, small," of uncertain origin, related to French petit (see petit (adj.)). As late as 1836 applied affectionately to any small child or baby, regardless of race.