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Uncle Tom

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noun Un·cle Tom \ˌəŋ-kəl-ˈtäm\

Definition of Uncle Tom

  1. 1 :  a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white values and goals)

  2. 2 :  a member of a low-status group who is overly subservient to or cooperative with authority the worst floor managers and supervisors by far are women … Some of them are regular Uncle Toms — Jane Fonda

Uncle Tomism

play \ˌəŋ-kəl-ˈtä-ˌmi-zəm\ noun

Origin and Etymology of uncle tom

Uncle Tom, pious and faithful black slave in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1851–52) by Harriet Beecher Stowe


First Known Use: 1922


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Uncle Tom

verb Un·cle Tom

Definition of Uncle Tom

Uncle Tommed

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Uncle Tomming

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to behave like an Uncle Tom

1947

First Known Use of uncle tom

1947


UNCLE TOM Defined for English Language Learners

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Uncle Tom

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noun Un·cle Tom \ˌəŋ-kəl-ˈtäm\

Definition of Uncle Tom for English Language Learners

  • : a black person who is eager to win the approval of white people and willing to cooperate with them


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