Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A raccoon.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Black person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A raccoon.
  • n. A black person.
  • n. A person who is a member of a colourfully dressed dancing troupe in Cape Town during New Year celebrations.
  • n. A coonass.
  • v. To hunt racoons.
  • v. To crawl while straddling, especially in crossing a creek.
  • v. To fish by noodling, by feeling for large fish in underwater holes.
  • v. For an African American, to play the dated stereotype of a black fool for an audience, particularly including Caucasians.
  • v. To steal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A raccoon. See raccoon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To creep, as a coon along a branch of a tree; creep, clinging close.
  • n. The racoon, Procyon lotor: a popular abbreviation.
  • n. [capitalized] In United States history, a nickname for a member of the Whig party in the earlier part of its history.
  • n. A sly, knowing person: often strengthened by prefixing old. [Colloq., U. S.]
  • n. A negro.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person
  • n. an eccentric or undignified rustic
  • n. North American raccoon

Etymologies

Short for raccoon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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