neger

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See also: Neger and néger

English

Etymology

Perhaps from French nègre, from Spanish negro; or perhaps a variant of nigger.

Noun

neger (plural negers)

  1. (rare, sometimes eye dialect) Synonym of nigger [from 16th c.]
    • c. 1700, ‘The Saint Turn'd Sinner’ (ballad):
      The Parson still more eager, / Than lustful Turk or Neger, / Took up her lower Garment, / And said there was no harm in't, / According to the Text.

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Danish

Etymology

From French nègre, from Spanish negro, from Latin niger (black).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /neːjər/, [ˈneːjɐ]

Noun

neger c (singular definite negeren, plural indefinite negere)

  1. (now offensive) a dark-skinned person, especially a person of, or primarily of, Negro descent
  2. a ghostwriter

Usage notes

The term neger is now generally considered offensive; in its place, the term sort (black) is preferred.

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Dutch

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
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Pronunciation

Etymology

From earlier negro (black person) or from French nègre (black person), from Spanish negro (black person), from Latin niger (black), of uncertain origin but possibly from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (night).

Noun

neger m (plural negers, diminutive negertje n, feminine negerin)

  1. (informal) a negro (male)

Usage notes

  • For many speakers in Belgium and the Netherlands it is a neutral and non-offensive way to refer to someone with a darker skin colour. In recent years under influence of the offensiveness of the etymologically related English nigger, some speakers do take offence, making it a topic of some debate whether the word can still be used neutrally or not, with varying opinions being held.
  • In Suriname, the word is a derogatory term, except when used in the compounds bosneger and stadsneger.[1]
  • The synonym zwarte can be used as a neutral alternative in all geographies and circumstances.

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German

Adjective

neger

  1. (Austria, colloquial, dated, possibly offensive) broke, bankrupt

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Latin

Verb

neger

  1. first-person singular present passive subjunctive of negō

Norwegian Bokmål

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology

From French nègre, from Spanish negro, from Latin niger (black).

Noun

neger m (definite singular negeren, indefinite plural negere or negre or negrer, definite plural negerne or negrene)

  1. a Negro (sometimes derogatory and offensive)

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Norwegian Nynorsk

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology

From French nègre, from Spanish negro, from Latin niger (black).

Noun

neger m (definite singular negeren, indefinite plural negrar, definite plural negrane)

  1. a Negro (sometimes derogatory and offensive)

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Swedish

Etymology

From French nègre, from Spanish negro, from Latin niger (black).

Noun

neger c

  1. (derogatory, now offensive) a negro, a black person

Declension

Declension of neger 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative neger negern negrer negrerna
Genitive negers negerns negrers negrernas

Usage notes

  • The word, potentially having derogatory connotations, has been avoided since the 1960s, primarily in favor of svart (black) and afrikan (African)

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