Or·​eo ˈȯr-ē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce Oreo (audio)
plural Oreos
disparaging + offensive
: a Black person who is perceived as adopting the characteristic mentality and behavior of white middle-class people

Word History


from Oreo, trademark for a chocolate cookie with a white cream filling

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Oreo was in 1968

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“Oreo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Oreo. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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