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EtymologyEdit

Sense of “factory hand” attested from 1946. Compare hunky, bohunk.

Term of racial abuse attested 1967, most likely from hunky, an African-American vernacular shortening of Hungarian.[1]

Another possible etymon is Wolof honq (red, pink), a term frequently used in African languages to describe white men.[2]

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NounEdit

honky (plural honkies)

  1. (Canada, US, derogatory, ethnic slur) A Caucasian person.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:white person
  2. (US, obsolete) A factory hand or general unskilled worker.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ honky” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  2. ^ http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/756/whats-the-origin-of-honky