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The Collaborative International Dictionary

darky \dark"y\, n. a negro; an African-American; -- an older term now considered offensive. [Slang]

Syn: darkie, darkey.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"black person" (now offensive), 1775, from dark (adj.) + -y (3). Related: Darkies.


n. (alternative spelling of darkey English)


n. offensive term for Black people [syn: darkie, darkey]

Usage examples of "darky".

It had not cured them, but an altogether embarrassing number of those darkies had gone blind, stone blind, from Atoxyl before they had had time to die from sleeping sickness.

Some of our darkies can take down this section of fence and drag the wagon up to our outbuildings.

But Jane, de worsest time of all fer us darkies wuz when de Ku Klux killed Dan Black.

Ma and I and one of the other children and a few darkies were at our home.

When dese poor white men went to de war, dey left deir little chillun and deir wives in de hands of de darkies dat was kind and de rich wives of our marsters to care fer.

One afternoon, he and four other darkies were going over there when the batteau turned over.

The darkies here on the place-Ned and Eulah-I got it straight from them.

Always quiet it is here, except when the darkies are having a shout at each other.

Marse George was right good about letting his darkies hunt and fish at night to get meat for themselves.

Paterollers would go out in squads at night and whip any darkies they caught out that could not show passes.

Lots of the darkies left after they heard about folks getting rich working on the railroads in Tennessee and about the high wages that were being paid on those big plantations in Mississippi.

It was a long time after the war before there were any darkies with enough medical education to practice as doctors.

When freedom come, they called all the white people to the courthouse first, and told them the darkies was free.

The police tolerated no impudence, much less rowdyism, from the Negroes, and if a darky even looked mad, it was enough for some policeman to bend his club double over his head.

Indeed, the whole issue of black and white, slave and free, was confusing to her, as was much of the rest of the modem world, and she no longer collected gossip or trivia or scandal, because without William she had no one to tell it to, and without darkies she could not go visiting.