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 pickaninnyOf West Indian creole and African creole origin Jamaican Patwa picknie Krio (English-based creole of Sierra Leone) pikin and Tok Pisin pikinini child all from a Portuguese-based pidgin from Portuguese pequenino diminutive of pequeno small Spanish pequeñ:o Italian piccino small