Uncle Tom


1Uncle Tom

noun \-ˈtäm\

: a black person who is eager to win the approval of white people and willing to cooperate with them

Full Definition of UNCLE TOM

1
:  a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals)
2
:  a member of a low-status group who is overly subservient to or cooperative with authority <the worst floor managers and supervisors by far are women … Some of them are regular Uncle Toms — Jane Fonda>
Uncle Tom·ism \-ˈtä-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Origin of UNCLE TOM

Uncle Tom, pious and faithful black slave in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851–52) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
First Known Use: 1922

2Uncle Tom

verb
Uncle TommedUncle Tom·ming

Definition of UNCLE TOM

intransitive verb
:  to behave like an Uncle Tom

First Known Use of UNCLE TOM

1947

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