Definitions

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

  • noun Used as a disparaging term for a black person.

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

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

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

  • noun offensive, slang, dated A black person
  • noun offensive, slang, dated Any dark-skinned person (frequently an Arab or Middle Eastern person).

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

Examples

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

    January 22, 2014