Definition of nigger in English:

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nigger

Pronunciation: /ˈniɡər/

noun

offensive
A contemptuous term for a black or dark-skinned person.

Usage

The word nigger has been used as a strongly negative term of contempt for a black person since at least the 18th century. Today it remains one of the most racially offensive words in the language. Also referred to as ‘the n-word,’ nigger is sometimes used by black people in reference to other black people in a neutral manner (in somewhat the same way that queer has been adopted by some gay and lesbian people as a term of self-reference, acceptable only when used by those within the community).

Origin

Late 16th century: from earlier neger, after Latin niger 'black' (see Negro).

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: nig·ger

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