One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural honkiesNorth American
A derogatory term used by black people for a white person or for white people collectively.
- ‘Still, a room full of teenage honkies with no rhythm is not a pretty sight.’
- ‘After all, the honkies have got all the swimming pools.’
- ‘Gone are the days of lanky out-of-shape honkies that can barely shoot their gun straight.’
- ‘You see, everyone was a victim and deserves money - except the honkies.’
- ‘When he was answering a supplementary question to question No.3, he referred to white New Zealanders as honkies.’
- ‘But compared to the sea of sour-looking honkies and fundamentalist zealots that have filled the seats of every convention I've ever watched, there's no question in my mind which side I'm on in this fight.’
- ‘How come us honkies know this stuff better than many black folks?’
- ‘But I couldn't help but wonder, if that's how an innocuous honky is treated, what's happening to the swarthy bearded types?’
- ‘It took a little while to adjust, not so much to being one of a small number of honkies, but to knowing that this meant more to most of the other protesters than it did to me.’
- ‘Does it make you a honky or a redneck if somebody calls you that?’
- ‘That takes some doing, because Abraham is Arab and Ashcroft's a honky from Missouri.’
- ‘Yep, just another bunch of honkies who know what's best for us.’
- ‘Then I came back here and I was just another honky walking the streets.’
1960s: of unknown origin.
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