hon·ky or hon·kie also hon·key (hôngkē, hŏng-)
n. pl. hon·kies also hon·keys
Used as a disparaging term for a white person.
[Possibly blend of Wolof honq, red, pink, of light complexion, and HUNKY1.]
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