Definitions

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

  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a Cajun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A White Acadian French person who lives in the swamps.

Etymologies

See Coonass article at Wikipedia for some conjectural etymologies; influenced by coon +‎ ass (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A coonass is a coonass I mean damn. written by N. Hernandez, April 01, 2009

    The Independent Weekly

  • That was just before Brett's Vicadin abuse issues went public, baring his "coonass" to the public.

    Waggle Room

  • The term "coonass" was originated by transients to describe men of questionable character who would provide these same transients access to prostitutes, a derogatory term by any definition.

    The Independent Weekly

  • The use of the term "coonass" as a substitute for Cajun is highly offensive to me and my family.

    The Independent Weekly

  • The term "coonass" apparently originated during World War Two when French poilus, amused at the Louisiana Frenchman's patois, called him a conasse, slang for "prostitute."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XI No 3

  • Better shut up and stay off the sonar, dude, never know but he's some coonass eats guys like us ...

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • Coming from hillbilly/Oakie/coonass roots, twarn't no slave owners in our family, so that's one liberal guilt I don't have to carry ...

    "The Spy Next Door" (2010)

  • I venture most Louisianans - white, black, creole, cajun, coonass, Indian-American, Vietnamese would prefer the monster let go...at an announced time and place in a rather remote area miles from law enforcement or ACLU types.

    "I am personally opposed to the death penalty, but I am also opposed to courts taking fundamental decisions away from American voters."

  • As a hillbilly/Oakie/coonass redneck, I grew up as a shooter.

    Boy Scout Motto

  • It was the spring of the beginning of the New South--integration had been ordered by the Law, and though New Orleans white folks didn't give up easy, they weren't as insistent about it as were the coonass whites who lived in the swamps or in Plaquemines Parish, just up north of New Orleans, the worst, the home of that great Amurican white trash terrorist, Leander Perez.

    The Great Society

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