Definitions

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.

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

  • 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)

Examples

  • A black and white illustration of Uncle Tom and George Shelby seated at a table in Tom's cabin, as Tom writes on a slate by candle light and George watches.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A black and white illustration of Uncle Tom seated on a stone in an ornate courtyard (or garden) of a Moorish style mansion, with Evangeline St. Clare ( "Little Eva") sitting on his knee and hanging a wreath of flowers around his neck.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • Uncle Tom and Aunt Kit and their family followed us to California.

    No Excuses

  • A black and white illustration of Cassy helping Uncle Tom after his whipping, with Tom lying on his stomach on the ground in a partially covered area, surrounded by planks and other debris and rubbish.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A black and white illustration of Uncle Tom leaving the Shelby household with a box of belongings on his shoulder, as Haley, the slave trader, Mrs. Shelby, Aunt Chloe and other slaves look on.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A black and white illustration of Eliza Harris, holding a her son, Harry, in her arms and approaching Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe, both standing at the doorway to Tom's cabin.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A black and white illustration of a decorative capital "I" with figures of Sambo and Quimbo, two African-American drivers (or overseers) dragging Uncle Tom to be whipped as, Lucy, another slave, looks on.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A black and white illustration of Eliza Harris, standing in Uncle Tom's cabin and holding her son in her arms, with Aunt Chloe and a dog named Bruno standing next to her, and Uncle Tom seated at a table covering his face with his hands.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • A black and white illustration of Simon Legree kicking at Uncle Tom as he lies on the ground in a partially covered area, surrounded by planks and other debris and rubbish, after his whipping.

    Uncle Tom's cabin, or Life among the lowly

  • This same old negro -- Uncle Tom he would have been called anywhere else in Virginia, but the Misses Maynard called him Uncle Thomas -- was quite a character, and reminded Charley, whom his idiosyncracies greatly amused, of the ingenious and attached butler of the Master of Ravenswood.

    The Rivals: A Chickahominy Story

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