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pickaninny

noun pick·a·nin·ny \ˈpi-kə-ˌni-nē, ˌpi-kə-ˈ\

Definition of pickaninny

plural

pickaninies

often offensive

  1. :  a black child



Variants of pickaninny

or

picaninny

play \ˈpi-kə-ˌni-nē, ˌpi-kə-ˈ\

Origin and Etymology of pickaninny

probably ultimately from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno small


First Known Use: 1653


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