Honkey

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Meaning


What does Honkey mean?

Honkey is a derogatory term for a white person.

It is a catch all slang for heaps of negative traits, including a liar, rapist, stupid, thief, murderer, psychopath and even “bad sex partner” – stemming from black prostitutes’ experience with white men.

A Honkey will often have grandiose thoughts about themselves, such as how some white people feel like they are greater than other races.

It doesn’t necessarily need to be used about a person, but something associated or stereotypical for white people, for example, Honkey music (white man’s music).

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Origin of the term

Honkey was derived from the pidgin term “xong”, that the African slaves used about white people. It means “red ears”, which describes how the white man’s ears turn pink or red from the sun.

“Xong” didn’t evolve into Honkey until 1958, after the era of slaves, and black people will use it as an insult towards white people.

Spread of the term

The term is normally used by black people as an insult towards white people, or stereotypically white attributes.

Caucasian people are not known to use the term between themselves, and it can be considered a racist slur.

It has not been significantly used during within the last decade, although, the term saw a sudden rise – and fall – around 2016-2017.

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