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pickaninny Syllabification: pick·a·nin·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈpikəˌninē/
(also picaninny or chiefly British piccaninny)

Definition of pickaninny in English:

noun (plural pickaninnies)

A small black child.
Example sentences
  • Viewing a house he's considering buying he meets the owners, a couple who are looking after the children of visiting African students: he describes the babies in their care as ‘fat black pickaninnies.
  • When she goes to the shops, she is followed by children, charming, wide-grinning piccaninnies.
  • An Adelaide paper reported in 1869 that on 18 May at the Moonta Institute, a tea meeting was held for the benefit of the Aborigines working at the mine, with their lubras and piccaninnies.


archaic Back to top  
Very small.


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

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