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Definition of piccaninny noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

piccaninny

 noun
(also pickaninny) noun
BrE BrE//ˌpɪkəˈnɪni//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpɪkəˈnɪni//
 
(pl. piccaninnies, pickaninnies) (old-fashioned)
 
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an offensive word for a small black child Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from West Indian creole, from Spanish pequeño or Portuguese pequeno ‘little’, pequenino ‘tiny’.