Meaning of Rastus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrastəs/


slang, derogatory, offensive US
  • A nickname for: a hypothetically average or typical African-American man.

    Originally applied jestingly in a number of songs and films, and later with more deliberately offensive intent.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Atlanta Constitution. From Rastus, aphetic form of the male personal name Erastus, regarded as common among African Americans.