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1offensive A black person. Frequently without article, as though a proper name. Now offensive.
Chiefly in form blackie: a black bird; especially (British) the blackbird, Turdus merula.
Mid 18th century. From black + -y.
Somewhat black, blackish.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Carew (1555–1620), antiquary and poet. From black + -y.
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