Definition of pickaninny in English:

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pickaninny

Pronunciation: /ˈpikəˌninē/
(also picaninny or chiefly British piccaninny)

noun (plural pickaninnies)

offensive
A small black child.

adjective

archaic
Very small.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from West Indian Creole, from Spanish pequeño or Portuguese pequeno 'little', pequenino 'tiny'.

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Syllabification: pick·a·nin·ny

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