Origin of Uncle Tomafter the main character, an elderly black slave, in Harriet Beecher Stowe's antislavery novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)
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
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