One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1offensive A black person. Frequently without article, as though a proper name. Now offensive.
2British Chiefly in form "blackie": a black bird; especially (British) the blackbird, Turdus merula.
Somewhat black, blackish.
Mid 18th century. From black + -y<br>late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Carew (1555–1620), antiquary and poet. From black + -y.
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