Slang, Dial. a black child: now an offensive term of contempt
Origin of pickaninnyultimately ; from Spanish pequeño or Portuguese pequeno
nounpl. pick·a·nin·nies Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a young black child.
Origin of pickaninnyPossibly from Spanish pequeño, small + niño, child, or from Portuguese pequenino, diminutive of pequeno, small.