Definition of Picaninny

1. Noun. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child.




Definition of Picaninny

1. Noun. (offensive) A black child. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Picaninny

1. [n -NIES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Picaninny

pica-pica
pica em
picacho
picachos
picadillo
picadillos
picador
picadores
picadors
pical
picalilli
picalillis
picamar
picamars
picaninnies
picaninny (current term)
picante
picapare
picara
picaras
picardy third
picaresque
picaresquely
picaresqueness
picaresques
picariae
picarian
picarians
picaridin
picaridine

Literary usage of Picaninny

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Romance of the Republic by Lydia Maria Francis Child (1867)
"I thought if they should carry off yer picaninny, it would be more easy to find ... I was frighted, and tried to keep the picaninny out doors all I could. ..."

2. Austral English: A Dictionary of Australasian Words, Phrases, and Usages by Edward Ellis Morris (1898)
"This word is said to have come originally from the negroes of Africa, through white immigrants. In America the children of negroes are called picaninny. ..."

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