pickaninny

noun pick·a·nin·ny \ ˈpi-kə-ˌni-nē , ˌpi-kə-ˈni- \
variants: or picaninny

Definition of pickaninny

plural pickaninies
dated, now offensive
used as a term for a black child

Origin and Etymology of pickaninny

probably ultimately from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno small

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