beaner

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From bean +‎ -er. Literally "a person who eats refried beans".

Noun[edit]

beaner (plural beaners)

  1. (US, ethnic slur, offensive) A Mexican.
    • 1999 April 24, Gregory Alan Norton, There Ain't no Justice, Just Us, Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 073880357X, page 32:
      You're gonna work out good, Dave. I was afraid they were gonna hire another nigger or a beaner.
    • 2003, Roy Yelverton, “chapter 2”, in Shovelhead Red – The Drifter's Way[1]:
      Hey bro I'm a beaner, we ain't good at math. Jeez, dawn 'ju watch TV?
    • 2005, Carlos Mencia, Mind of Mencia:
      I'm a beaner, and I'm telling you white people, that's a bullshit number right off the bat!
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown.

Noun[edit]

beaner (plural beaners)

  1. (baseball) A pitch deliberately thrown at the head (the bean) of the batter.
  2. (by extension, informal) Head.
    • 2001 2 October, William, “Capturing Group Therapy Hours?”, microsoft.public.access.forms, Usenet:
      Any ideas on how I could solve this problem? This seems to be beyond what my beaner can solve right now....I hope all this work wasn't for nothing!
    • 2004 30 April, Active8 [username], “Re: Smith Chart question”, sci.electronics.design, Usenet:
      I know what picture yer referring to, but I didn't have a problem with that because the fundamentals of reactance have been in my beaner since I was a teen.
    • 2011, Mike Griffin, Tales of the Lost Flamingo, AuthorHouse (2011), ISBN 9781456760533, page 159:
      Before Chester could compose himself, the Bombshell leaned over and planted a ruby red smackaroo right on top of his bald spot. Chester Cranepool had had a few things hit him on top of his head before, but nothing that felt that good. Looking like a Franciscan monk with a bullseye on his beaner, Chester simply said, “Bless you, my child.”
  3. (US, slang, dated) A superior or admirable person; something excellent.
    • 1942 April 24, Forrest Edwin Long and Philip Westcot Lawrence Cox, The Clearing House, page 527:
      Gee, that would be a beaner of a sign for education
    • 1949 April 24, Martha Ostenso, The Sunset Tree, Dodd, Mead, page 106:
      Pride, indeed, Esther thought — that was a beaner! There was more purse than pride in Mayme's repentant heart
Usage notes[edit]

This sense of a superior or admirable person, from U.S. baseball slang in the 1940s and 1950s, is now almost completely superseded.

References[edit]
  • 1953 April 24, Lester V. Berrey and Melvín van den Bark, American Thesaurus of Slang: A Complete Reference Book of Colloquial Speech, Crowell, page 27,354,375: