Definition of buckra in English:


Syllabification: buck·ra
Pronunciation: /ˈbəkrə

noun (plural same or buckras)

US & West Indian informal , chiefly derogatory
A white person, typically a man.
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  • Such terms as goober, yam (sweet potato), tote (to carry), and buckra (white man) trace their history to West Africa, as do the grammatical functions of habitual be and aspectual steady.
  • An’ no matter if de buckra is at Blue Brook or up-North whe’ dey stays most o’ de time, I has all de victuals an’ money I wants.
  • Hurston's collection even includes the occasional African word, such as in ‘[w]e better hurry on to work befo’ de buckra get in behind us’.


mid 18th century: from Ibibio and Efik (m)bakara 'European, master'.

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