Definition of Piccanin

1. Noun. (South African) (derogatory ethnic slur) A small (usually black) child; a tot; a toddler. ¹



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Definition of Piccanin

1. a little child [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Piccanin

picarooned
picarooning
picaroons
picaros
picas
picayune
picayunes
picayunish
piccadill
piccadills
piccadilly
piccage
piccages
piccalilli
piccalillis
piccanin (current term)
piccaninnies
piccaninny
piccanins
piccata
piccies
piccolo
piccoloist
piccoloists
piccolos
piccy
pice
picea
piceatannol
piceatannols

Literary usage of Piccanin

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1. Gun and Camera in Southern Africa: A Year of Wanderings in Bechuanaland, the by Henry Anderson Bryden (1893)
"After supper on the evening I speak of, we moved off in the usual procession—Dove and the light waggon going first, " piccanin," our waggon boy, ..."

2. Longman's Magazine by Charles James Longman (1891)
"'piccanin,' as he was always called, ... and it was ' piccanin ' who always picked out a hot ember from the fire for our pipe-lights, and performed other ..."

3. In New South Africa: Travels in the Transvaal and Rhodesia by Harold Lincoln Tangye (1900)
"... all shapes, ages, and sizes being represented, from the full-bodied sufferer from adipose tissue to the skinny piccanin of ten. The different effects of ..."

4. Jock of the Bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick (1907)
"... was treated like a piccanin—Ugh ! It was horrible ! Intolerable ! and say : " Aug ! Ang-a-funa ! ..."

5. Rhodesia and Its Government by Harry Craufuird Thomson (1898)
"I also took this photograph of the messenger of one of the native commissioners who passed by the farm, attended by a piccanin to ..."

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