Definition of Uncle Tom
- the worst floor managers and supervisors by far are women … Some of them are regular Uncle Toms
- —Jane Fonda
First Known Use: 1922See Words from the same year
: a black person who is eager to win the approval of white people and willing to cooperate with them
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