piccaninny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piccaninny (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piccaninny A baby; a child; especially, the child of a member of any negroid race.
    • piccaninny Little; small; as, a piccaninny handful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piccaninny pik′a-nin-i a little child: an African or negro child.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from Sp. pequeño niño='little child.'

Usage

In literature:

The Piccaninnies, on their part, trusted implicitly to his honour, and their whole action of the night stands out in marked contrast to his.
"Peter Pan" by James M. Barrie
The piccaninnies melted like magic.
"In the Bishop's Carriage" by Miriam Michelson
They were mostly nearly as black as piccaninnies too.
"Joe Wilson and His Mates" by Henry Lawson
A score of piccaninnies were sweeping at the leaves in the yard.
"Roads of Destiny" by O. Henry
Accompanied by some reliable old 'gins' and ever so many piccaninnies, I used to take long walks through the 'bush.
"The Euahlayi Tribe" by K. Langloh Parker
Massa," continued the woman, turning to the planter, "no ab name for piccaninny?
"Newton Forster" by Captain Frederick Marryat
You know I lub Massa Rattlin, like my own piccaninny.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Favorite generals kept lists in their pockets, proving time, place, and numbers, even to the smallest piccaninny.
"Destruction and Reconstruction:" by Richard Taylor
Encumbered with the "piccaninny," and wearied with the long ceaseless struggle through the sand, Colin lingered behind his companions.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The Piccaninnies, on their part, trusted implicitly to his honour, and their whole action of the night stands out in marked contrast to his.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
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In poetry:

And so my Pete was taken home—
My pretty piccaninny!
And, not to speak of soap or comb,
His cleansing cost a guinea.
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall