noun Disparaging and Offensive.
a black person, especially a man, considered by other black people to be subservient to or to curry favor with white people.
a person who exhibits overly deferential behavior.
Compare Aunt Jemima.
Origin of Uncle Tom
1920–25, Americanism; so called after the leading character in Uncle Tom's Cabin
OTHER WORDS FROM Uncle TomUncle Tomish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for uncle tom
informal, derogatory a Black person whose behaviour towards White people is regarded as obsequious and servile
Derived forms of Uncle TomUncle Tomism, noun
Word Origin for Uncle Tom
C20: after the slave who is the main character of H.B. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
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