Uncle Tom


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

Related formsUncle Tomish, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for uncle tom

Uncle Tom

noun

informal, derogatory a Black person whose behaviour towards White people is regarded as obsequious and servile
Derived FormsUncle 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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Word Origin and History for uncle tom

Uncle Tom

n.
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