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noun (1)

wig·​ger ˈwi-gər How to pronounce wigger (audio)
plural -s


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noun (2)

wig·​ger ˈwi-gər How to pronounce wigger (audio)
plural wiggers
slang, often offensive
: a usually young white person whose clothing, language, and mannerisms are regarded as imitative of those stereotypically associated with African-Americans : a white person who admires and seeks to emulate black culture
Wimsatt was deeply committed to hip-hop's transformative powers, going so far as to embrace the status of the lowly "wigger," a pejorative term popularized in the early 1990s to describe white kids who steep themselves in black culture.Hua Hsu, The Atlantic, 1 Jan 2009
There's a term of art—"wigger"—that is used both proudly and derisively to describe white enthusiasts of black hip-hop culture …Hank Stuever, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2010

Word History


Noun (2)

blend of white entry 1 and nigger

First Known Use

Noun (2)

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wigger was in 1979

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“Wigger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wigger. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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