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Uncle Tom

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noun \-ˈtäm\

Simple Definition of Uncle Tom

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Uncle Tom

  1. 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. 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 Tomism

play \-ˈtä-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology 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


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Uncle Tom

verb

Definition of Uncle Tom

Uncle Tommed

Uncle Tomming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to behave like an Uncle Tom



1947

First Known Use of uncle tom

1947


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