from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Offensive Used as a disparaging term for a young Black child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a black child
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small child; especially, a negro or mulatto infant. Now (2001) used primarily in the latter sense, and in that sense often considered derogatory.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See piccaninny.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
Possibly from Spanish pequeño, small + niño, child, or from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno, small.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish pequeño ("little, small"), or Portuguese pequeno ("little, small") or pequenino ("small one, young one") (Wiktionary)