from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A baby; a child; especially, the child of a member of any negroid race.
- Little; small; as, a piccaninny handful.
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- noun Alternative form of
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
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Encumbered with the "piccaninny," and wearied with the long ceaseless struggle through the sand, Colin lingered behind his companions.
These, of all sizes, from the "piccaninny" to the "good-sized chunk of
George ignored the piccaninny, but took the pigling to his heart, ever and anon assuring the community that very soon it would be fat and tender.
A tipsy, disorderly, vindictive debil-debil it was, that made the boldest piccaninny shriek with dismay.
If, said they, he was ever lucky enough to snap up a plump piccaninny — girl preferred — he would cut her to pieces with a shell-knife and use her for bait.
All scornfully out-voted him, and to this day the blacks assert that “a piccaninny debil-debil” so closely resembles a flying-fox that none but a black boy can tell the difference.
The piccaninny of the remote past chuckled gleefully as the jerked leaf returned to it.
They declared that while they had slept a piccaninny
From the appearance of the camps, and the age of the islander who took part in the various searches, and who was ready to admit that though pearl-shell hooks were used when he was a piccaninny he had never seen one made, I judge the age of these relics of a prehistoric art to be between thirty and forty years.
I was wont to point out that since the sea presented an impassable barrier, the sand spit, drawn out to a fine point, was just the spot where a piccaninny might be easily rounded up, if it were detected in a preoccupied mood.