Definition of pickaninny in English:

pickaninny

(also picaninny) (British piccaninny)

Pronunciation /ˈpikəˌninē/ /ˈpɪkəˌnɪni/

nounpickaninnies

offensive
  • A small black child.

adjective

archaic
  • Very small.

Origin

Mid 17th century from West Indian creole, from Spanish pequeño or Portuguese pequeno ‘little’, pequenino ‘tiny’.

Pronunciation

pickaninny

/ˈpikəˌninē/ /ˈpɪkəˌnɪni/