pickaninny

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

Definition of pickaninny 

dated, now offensive

used as a term for a black child

History and Etymology for pickaninny

probably ultimately from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno small

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