Uncle Tom is defined as an ethnic slur directed at an African American man who appears to be acting especially servile or submissive towards Caucasians. The expression comes from a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe called Uncle Tom's Cabin in which Tom was a black man who showed great deference and obedience to whites.
An example of Uncle Tom is an insult addressed towards a black man who seems too quick to do things to please white men.
Informal a black person whose behavior toward whites is regarded as fawning or servile: a term of contempt
Origin of Uncle Tomafter the main character, an elderly black slave, in Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.
Origin of Uncle TomAfter Uncle Tom, a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
- Uncle Tom′ism