Phrases
the N-word or less commonly the n-word
used euphemistically to refer to the word nigger
A suburban Philadelphia school expelled "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" from its curriculum over the book's overuse of the N-word. David K. Li

Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of N-word was in 1985

Dictionary Entries Near N-word

Cite this Entry

“N-word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/N-word. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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