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Word Origin and History for rastus


also 'Rastus, masc. proper name, short for Erastus. As a stereotypical name of an American slave or derogatory for "black man," 1881, probably from use in stories of Joel Chandler Harris.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for rastus

Historical Examples of rastus

  • I'm kinder like 'Rastus Bailey used to be at the dances when you and me was younger, Perez.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Don't you nevah think no mo' 'bout bein' a preachah, 'Rastus?

    The heart of happy hollow

    Paul Laurence Dunbar

  • It was rather lucky for young Rastus here, commented the officer.

  • But youd better get down below, Rastus, and get some dry clothes on.

  • With another flash of his white teeth, Rastus was off on his errand.