Uncle-tom definition

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A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.
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(informal) A black person whose behavior toward whites is regarded as fawning or servile.
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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.

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(derogatory) A black person who is obsequiously servile to white authority.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
uncle-tom
Plural:
uncle-toms

Origin of uncle-tom

  • After Uncle Tom , a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition