tree nigger

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Etymology[edit]

tree + nigger

Noun[edit]

tree nigger (plural tree niggers)

  1. (ethnic slur, derogatory, slang) A Native American person
    • 1862 Supplement to the Courant page 88
      sacred soil contaminated by tree nigger babies
    • 1994 Milwaukee Magazine Volume 19, Issues 7-12 page xlviii
      lest the town constable see him off the reservation and chase him out of town. He was ever fearful that someone would call him a "tree nigger" or worse.
    • 2015 John Fitzgerald The Revenant 31m
      He shouldn't have fired a shot, the whole place is crawling with ducking tree niggers.

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