Definitions starting with P

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pickaninny, pickin, pickny

[Atlantic; OED, W3 pickaninny Negro child, SA piccanin idem; from Port. pequenino very little (one), from pequeno little + -ino (diminutive suffix)] n. 1. baby (old term, now used with Haitians): 1888 Parson christen him own pickaninny first (Powles 166). pickin (sing.), pickaninnies (plural) (Eleu.). The Haitian baby's call pickaninny, not no Bahamian baby (Nassau). (Black)

2. a "Spanish baby". (White)

3. a girl baby. cf. NINNY 3 (Cat)

4. [from its small size] a small gay bird with yellow wings (sp?). (Nassau)

Tags: animal, bird, Haitian, noun

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Last update: 2012-12-03 21:03
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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