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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A black person
  • n. Any dark-skinned person (frequently an Arab or Middle Eastern person).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A negro, especially an African-American; -- an offensive term usually intended as an ethnic slur.

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

  • n. (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person

Etymologies

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Lots of variants, e.g. jiggaboo, jigarooni, zigabo, etc.

    January 22, 2014