Definition of pickney in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpiknē/


(Chiefly in Caribbean English) a child: me and the pickney have to survive some way Compare with pickaninny.
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  • 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.
The word pickney is derived from pickaninny but has different connotations. Pickaninny is now usually regarded as an offensive racial slur for a black child, whereas pickney is commonly used to mean ‘child’ in Caribbean English and in that context does not generally have offensive or racial overtones


Contraction of pickaninny.

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Syllabification: pick·ney

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