pickaninny

noun
pick·​a·​nin·​ny | \ ˈpi-kə-ˌni-nē How to pronounce pickaninny (audio) , ˌpi-kə-ˈni- \
variants: or less commonly picaninny
plural pickaninnies or picaninnies

Definition of pickaninny

dated, offensive
used as a term for a Black child

First Known Use of pickaninny

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pickaninny

probably ultimately from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno small

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The first known use of pickaninny was in 1653

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“Pickaninny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickaninny. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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