darkey

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dark +‎ -ey

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darkey (plural darkeys)

  1. (dated slang, offensive, ethnic slur) A person with dark skin.
    • 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom Chapter 3
      The windmill under the care of Mr. Kinney, a kind hearted old Englishman, was to me a source of infinite interest and pleasure. The old man always seemed pleased when he saw a troop of darkey little urchins, with their tow-linen shirts fluttering in the breeze, approaching to view and admire the whirling wings of his wondrous machine.

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