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

  • n. Offensive A Black person who is regarded as being humiliatingly subservient or deferential to white people.

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  • n. A black person who is obsequiously servile to white authority.

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  • n. a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • n. (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites

Etymologies

After Uncle Tom, a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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