Definition of pickaninny in US English:

pickaninny

(British piccaninny) (also picaninny)

nounPlural pickaninnies

offensive
  • A small black child.

adjective

archaic
  • Very small.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from West Indian creole, from Spanish pequeño or Portuguese pequeno ‘little’, pequenino ‘tiny’.

Pronunciation

pickaninny

/ˈpikəˌninē//ˈpɪkəˌnɪni/