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nigger

Line breaks: nig¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈnɪɡə
 
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Definition of nigger in English:

noun

offensive
A contemptuous term for a black person.

Origin

late 17th century (as an adjective): from earlier neger, from French nègre, from Spanish negro 'black' (see Negro).

Usage

The word nigger was first used as an adjective denoting a black person in the 17th century, and has long had strong offensive connotations. Today it remains one of the most racially offensive words in the language. However, it has acquired a new strand of use in recent years: it is sometimes used by black people as a mildly disparaging way of referring to other black people, in much the same way that queer has been adopted by some gay people as a term of self-reference, acceptable only when used by those within the community.

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