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pickaninny

or pic路a路nin路ny, pic路ca路nin路ny

[ pik-uh-nin-ee ]
/ 藞p瑟k 蓹藢n瑟n i /
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noun, plural pick路a路nin路nies.Older Use: Now Offensive.
a term used to refer to a Black child.
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Origin of pickaninny

First recorded in 1645鈥55; probably ultimately from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno 鈥渟mall鈥; as a word for 鈥渟mall child,鈥 pickaninny and its variants are widespread in English-based creoles of the New World and West Africa; compare Jamaican English pickney, West African English pickin 鈥渟mall child鈥

usage note for pickaninny

Pickaninny is a dated term, originally used in a neutral or even affectionate way in the West Indies, but now perceived as insulting.
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British Dictionary definitions for pickaninny

pickaninny
/ (藢p瑟k蓹藞n瑟n瑟) /

noun plural -nies
a variant spelling (esp US) of piccaninny
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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