from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a young Black child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a black child
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small child; especially, a negro or mulatto infant. Now (2001) used primarily in the latter sense, and in that sense often considered derogatory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See piccaninny.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
Don't forget about Evan Mecham, Arizona's former governor who made the "pickaninny" statement and the cancellation of the state's Martin Luther King, Jr.Day. so what?
In 1932 Langston Hughes criticized Little Black Sambo as a typical "pickaninny" storybook which was hurtful to black children, and gradually the book disappeared from lists of recommended stories for children.
In connection with the thread earlier on the new Mexican stamps depicting a "pickaninny" cartoon character, I noticed three related items in Mexconnect today.
"Has you all seen anything of a low down black pickaninny which is los '?"
Further thoughts on PC language -- I can have my character substitute "pickaninny" for "nigger" in that first exchange, dragging in the added baggage of dismissing the object as a child -- there's a jealousy component as well.
He had some pickaninny heads, in poor condition, that he would let go for ten bob.
One fella Adamu he stop along outside pickaninny house.
"What name you fella kanaka all the same pickaninny?"
When I was a little pickaninny, I knew more about fish and the ways of fish than you know now.
Him black Mary, him pickaninny, walk about long way big bit.