This page is about the slang term honky

American English offensive!


a derogatory term in black American slang for a white person

For example

  • When we were visiting the Apollo Theater in Harlem in New York, a woman passing us on the street said, "What are you honkies doin' round here?"

  • I have a lot of black American friends, and they all say they hate racist language, including anti-white words like "honky".

This is a black American slang term, so while it's useful for learners to know, especially those who like American movies, learners should not consider it a word they'll need to use themselves.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

A person in America who's called a honky will usually be

a. a black person

b. an Asian person

c. a white person

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Contributor: Matt Errey