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black

noun

offensive a blackperson. This word is sometimes consideredoffensive, so you should be very careful about using it.

coloured

noun

offensive a blackperson

coolie

noun

offensive an insultingwordused in the past for a worker with no specialskills in China, India, and other parts of Asia

dago

noun

offensive an extremelyoffensiveword for a person from Italy, Spain, Portugal, or South America

Eskimo

noun

old-fashioned a member of the Inuit people. This word is now sometimes considered offensive.

ethnic

noun

mainly Americanoffensive someone who belongs to an ethnicgroup that lives somewhere where most people are from a differentrace or country. This word is often consideredoffensive in the UK, so you should be very careful about using it.

feringhee

noun

Indian English someone from a foreign country, especially a white person. This word is sometimes used as an insult.

frog

noun

offensive an insultingword for a French person

gook

noun

Americanoffensive a very offensiveword for someone from Asia

goy

noun

offensive someone who is not Jewish

gringo

noun

an insultingwordused by some people from South America for someone from another country who speaks English, especially someone from the US

gypsy

noun

offensive a Romany

half-breed

noun

offensive an offensive word for a person who has parents of two different races, especially someone with one white parent and one Native American or black parent. A more polite expression is person of mixed race.

half-caste

noun

offensive an offensive word for someone who has one white parent and one black parent. A more polite expression is person of mixed race.

honky

noun

mainly Americanoffensive an insultingword for a whiteperson

Indian

noun

old-fashioned a Native American

Jerry

noun

offensiveinformal an insultingword for a German

jock

noun

Britishoffensive an insultingword for someone from Scotland

kaffir

noun

South Africanoffensive a blackperson

kafir

noun

offensive a wordmeaning ‘non-believer’, used by some Muslims to describe someone who is not a Muslim

Kraut

noun

offensive an insultingword for a German

makwerekwere

noun

South Africanoffensive a termused in South Africa for foreigners from the rest of Africa

mick

noun

Britishoffensive an insultingword for an Irish person

mulatto

noun

offensive an offensiveword for someone who has one blackparent and one whiteparent

native

noun

offensive an offensiveword for someone belonging to a group who lived in a place before Europeans arrived there

negro

noun

offensive a blackperson. This word is now consideredoffensive but until the secondhalf of the 20th century it was an acceptedword, used by blackpeople as well as white.

non-white

adjective

offensiveused for describingpeople who are not considered to be members of the race of people who have paleskins. This word is usuallyconsideredoffensive because it suggests that the whitesection of the population of the world is more important than any other.

oriental

noun

old-fashioned someone from eastern Asia, especially China or Japan. This word is now considered offensive.

Paddy

noun

offensive an insultingword for an Irish person

pakeha

noun

New Zealand a whiteperson in New Zealand, especially someone whose familyoriginally came from Europe

Paki

noun

Britishoffensive an extremelyoffensiveword for an Asian person

pickaninny

noun

offensive a black child. This word is sometimes used by older white people but most people consider it offensive.

pom

noun

Australianinformal a pommy

pommy

noun

Australianinformal a slightlyinsultingword for someone from the UK, especially someone from England

Pygmy

noun

a member of a people who are of less than averageheight. Most Pygmieslive in Central Africa or Southeast Asia. This word is now sometimes consideredoffensive.

Red Indian

noun

old-fashioned a Native American. This word is now considered to be offensive.

redskin

noun

offensive a wordused in the past to refer to a Native American, now regarded as very offensive

savage

adjective

old-fashioned an insulting way of describing someone or something from a culture that is not considered to be advanced. This is now consideredoffensive.

savage

noun

old-fashioned an insultingword for someone from a culture that is not considered to be advanced. This is now consideredoffensive.

spade

noun

offensive a very offensiveword for a blackperson

squaw

noun

offensive an old word for a Native American woman. This is now considered offensive.

Taffy

noun

offensive an insultingword for someone from Wales

Uncle Tom

noun

an insulting word for a black person who the speaker thinks shows too much respect for white people. This word is used especially by other black people.

WASP

noun

mainly AmericanWhite Anglo-Saxon Protestant: a word for people who are white and have money, power, and opportunities that other people do not have

wetback

noun

Americanoffensive an offensiveword for someone from Mexico who goes to live in the US

whitey

noun

Americanoffensive an offensiveword for a whiteperson

wog

noun

offensiveBritish an extremelyoffensiveword for a blackperson

wog

noun

offensiveAustralian an extremelyoffensiveword for a person from a Mediterranean country

wop

noun

offensive an extremelyoffensiveword for an Italian person

Yank

noun

impolite an insultingword for someone from the US

Yankee

noun

someone from the US This word is often used as an insultingword for referring to an American by people who are not from the US

yid

noun

offensive an extremelyoffensiveword for a Jewish person