Definitions for nigger

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Wiktionary

  1. nigger(Noun)

    A dark-skinned person, especially a person of, or primarily of, Negro descent.

  2. nigger(Noun)

    A person of Negro descent who acts in an unapproved manner, usually as an archetypical badass.

    I love black people, but I hate niggers. u2014 Chris Rock

  3. nigger(Noun)

    Informal term of address.

  4. nigger(Verb)

    To clear land by means of the niggering process.

  5. nigger(Verb)

    To behave as a stereotypical black person.

  6. nigger(Verb)

    To treat as inferior.

  7. Origin: Ultimately from the adjective niger, meaning "black". Several Romance languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc) have the word "negro" meaning "black" (in colour) derived from the Latin "niger", while French has noir, its nègre being borrowed from Spanish. During the period in America's history when black workers were shipped to America to work as slaves, this word came to be adopted from the Hispanic South American languages to describe a person of dark skin. Essentially, a "negro" person simply means a "black" person. Through constant repetition of the Spanish word in the American accent, it seems likely that the word was corrupted from "negro" to "niggero" to simply "nigger".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nigger(noun)

    a negro; -- in vulgar derision or depreciation

Freebase

  1. Nigger

    Nigger is a noun in the English language. The word originated as a neutral term referring to black people, as a variation of the Spanish/Portuguese noun negro, a descendant of the Latin adjective niger. Often used slightingly, by the mid 20th century, particularly in the United States, it suggested that its target is extremely unsophisticated. Its usage had become unambiguously pejorative, a common ethnic slur usually directed at blacks of Sub-Saharan African descent.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. nigger

    A colored person who has no money.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

nigger(noun)

an impolite name for a Negro.

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