Share this entry

pickney Syllabification: pick·ney
Pronunciation: /ˈpiknē/

Definition of pickney in English:


black English
A child: me and the pickney have to survive some way Compare with pickaninny.
More example sentences
  • Now please don't get me wrong, I don't believe in spoiling kids at all, and I don't feel that I was raised as a pwoil pickney (spoiled child) at all.
  • I didn't pick up on this perverted undertone when I was a pickney, did you?
  • That must have been drummed into the head of the elderly man's wife when she was a pickney.


Contraction of pickaninny.

Definition of pickney in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...