meaning of buckra

buckra meaning in General Dictionary

White white mans strong good as buckra yam a white yam

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  • A white man a phrase employed by negroes of African coast West Indies etc
  • A white man; -- a term employed by negroes of this African shore, western Indies, etc.
  • White; white man's; strong; great; because, buckra yam, a white yam.

buckra meaning in Etymology Dictionary

disparaging term among U.S. blacks for "white person," especially a poor one, 1790, apparently from an African language; compare mbakara "master" in Efik, a language of the Ibibio people of southern Nigeria.


buckra meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A white guy; -- a term used by negroes associated with the African shore, western Indies, etc.

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  • (a.) White; white people's; powerful; great; because, buckra yam, a white yam.