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darkey

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n darkey (ethnic slur) offensive term for Black people
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n darkey See darky.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Darkey a negro:
    • ns Darkey (slang) a policeman's lantern
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. deorc.

Usage

In literature:

Nathan was Mandy's better half, a darkey of a deeply religious nature.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
We eat at the darkey houses.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
The old darkey says it used to lie on a little shelf at the turning of the cabin-stair.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
For the rest, she was a funny, illiterate old darkey, vain, affable, and neat as a pink.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
Didn't I pick dat darkey off awful nice?
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
Recently, an old Tennessee darkey, charged with stealing chickens, was brought into court for trial.
"Oklahoma Sunshine" by Freeman E. (Freeman Edwin) Miller
Geoff had to stand some chaff from his friends on the subject of the "darkey," of course.
"Great Uncle Hoot-Toot" by Mrs. Molesworth
The darkey had been a sailor, or rather ship-steward, before landing in Peru.
"Our Young Folks, Vol 1, No. 1" by Various
He is just the same remarkable darkey as ever.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
Why go to all that trouble for the sake of looking like a darkey?
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
The darkey reentered the room almost immediately.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Hearing the old darkey's shuffling step in the hall, he hastily lay down again.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
I never met a darkey who could put on such fearful and wonderful airs.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Now I own nigh on to twenty darkeys, big an' little.
"Crestlands" by Mary Addams Bayne
The old darkey began at once heaping her plate with tidbits.
"The Corner House Girls in a Play" by Grace Brooks Hill
It passes away to leave everything dark; it returns, and behold all is darkey.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 3" by Robert H. Newell
He was frightened at first but after finding out that we were Yankees, he was about the most delighted darkey I ever saw.
"In and Out of Rebel Prisons" by Lieut. A. [Alonzo] Cooper
I never see such an intense darkey!
"Los Gringos" by H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
At length a powerful darkey, with a head like a cord of No.
"The History and Records of the Elephant Club" by Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks
The old darkey, used as he was to his gentleman's moods, found this one stranger than usual.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
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In poetry:

De massa run? ha, ha!
De darkey stay? ho, ho!
It mus' be now de kingdom comin',
An' de year of Jubilo!
"Kingdom Coming" by Henry Clay Work
We asked the kid to give his name:
He didn’t seem too willing—
The darkey played the darkey’s game—
We tipped him with a shilling!
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall