Definition of honky in English:



North American informal
  • A derogatory term used by black people for a white person or for white people collectively.

    • ‘When he was answering a supplementary question to question No.3, he referred to white New Zealanders as honkies.’
    • ‘Does it make you a honky or a redneck if somebody calls you that?’
    • ‘But compared to the sea of sour-looking honkies and fundamentalist zealots that have filled the seats of every convention I've ever watched, there's no question in my mind which side I'm on in this fight.’
    • ‘You see, everyone was a victim and deserves money - except the honkies.’
    • ‘How come us honkies know this stuff better than many black folks?’
    • ‘But I couldn't help but wonder, if that's how an innocuous honky is treated, what's happening to the swarthy bearded types?’
    • ‘After all, the honkies have got all the swimming pools.’
    • ‘It took a little while to adjust, not so much to being one of a small number of honkies, but to knowing that this meant more to most of the other protesters than it did to me.’
    • ‘Yep, just another bunch of honkies who know what's best for us.’
    • ‘Gone are the days of lanky out-of-shape honkies that can barely shoot their gun straight.’
    • ‘Still, a room full of teenage honkies with no rhythm is not a pretty sight.’
    • ‘Then I came back here and I was just another honky walking the streets.’


1960s of unknown origin.