from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Informal A raccoon.
  • noun Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a black person.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A raccoon. See raccoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Short for raccoon.]


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  • Originally raccoon

    March 7, 2007

  • And the raccoon lovers and Austrailian cheese makers are pissed about it being turned into a racial slur.

    April 14, 2009