nanny, noun

Forms:
Also nannie.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Transferred use of general English nanny nursemaid.
offensive, often derogatory
A demeaning term for a black woman; used also as a term of address.
1956 New Age 30 Aug. 6It (sc. a recording of the song Fanakalo) carries the same stigma as the words used directly to them, ‘Boy,’ ‘Jim’ or ‘Nannie.’
1966 L.G. Berger Where’s Madam 142‘Do you want a lift nanny?’ I ask them, but apparently ‘nanny’ is a term that native girls hate — the same as their being called ‘my girl’ or ‘Mary’.
1985 A. Klaaste in Frontline Dec. 32It is possibly the dread that their children should become a replication of ‘Boys’ and nannies, always shuffling the foot and scratching the head in front of authority (whites).
1993 Informant, GrahamstownMy husband hated my Afro — he said it was like going to bed with a nanny.
A demeaning term for a black woman; used also as a term of address.

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