- Uncle Tom "servile black man," 1922, somewhat inaccurately in ref. to the humble, pious, but strong-willed main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1852). The image implied in the insult perhaps is more traceable to the late 19c. minstel show versions of the story, which reached a far wider audience than the book.I don't recall anyone in the 1920s using the term 'Uncle Tom' as an epithet. But what's amazing is how fast it caught on (in the 1930s). Black scholars picked up (the term) and just started throwing it at each other. [Ernest Allen, quoted in Hamilton, Kendra, "The Strange Career of Uncle Tom," Black Issues in Higher Education, June 2002]As a verb, attested from 1937.
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Uncle Tom — est un personnage fictif des Têtes à claques, il est considéré comme étant le plus connu et le plus populaire de tous les personnages du site internet grâce à son fameux clip Le Willi Waller 2006 . Uncle Tom parle le Franglais (il s exprime en… … Wikipédia en Français
Uncle Tom — [ˌʌŋkəl ˈtɔm US ˈta:m] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Uncle Tom black slave in the book Uncle Tom s Cabin (1852) by Harriet Beecher Stowe] AmE a black person who is too respectful to white people used to show disapproval … Dictionary of contemporary English
Uncle Tom — Uncle Toms N COUNT (disapproval) In the past, some black people used Uncle Tom to refer to a black man when they disapproved of him because he was too respectful or friendly towards white people. This use could cause offence. To the radical… … English dictionary
Uncle Tom — ☆ Uncle Tom n. [after the main character, an elderly black slave, in Harriet Beecher Stowe s antislavery novel, Uncle Tom s Cabin (1852)] Informal a black whose behavior toward whites is regarded as fawning or servile: a term of contempt Uncle… … English World dictionary
Uncle Tom — Uncle Tomish. Disparaging and Offensive. a black man considered by other blacks to be subservient to or to curry favor with whites. Cf. Aunt Jemima. [1920 25, Amer.; so called after the leading character in Uncle Tom s Cabin] * * * … Universalium
Uncle Tom — This article is about the racial term. For the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, see Uncle Tom s Cabin. For the P. G. Wodehouse character, see Tom Travers. A 1901 stage adaptation of Uncle Tom s Cabin containing mixed elements of Harriet Beecher… … Wikipedia
Uncle Tom — I. noun Etymology: Uncle Tom, pious and faithful black slave in Uncle Tom s Cabin (1851 52) by Harriet Beecher Stowe Date: 1922 1. a black who is overeager to win the approval of whites (as by obsequious behavior or uncritical acceptance of white … New Collegiate Dictionary
Uncle Tom — Als Onkel Tom (engl. uncle tom) werden abwertend Afro Amerikaner bezeichnet, die sich freiwillig einer weißen Autoritätsperson unterordnen. Dieser Begriff stammt von der Titelfigur des Romans Onkel Toms Hütte (engl. Uncle Tom’s Cabin) von Harriet … Deutsch Wikipedia
Uncle Tom — a black person who defers unduly to whites From the character in Uncle Tom s Cabin, or, Life among the Lowly, published in 1851: ... kissed the right asses, moved on up there. Fuckin Uncle Tom shit. (Diehl, 1978) See also Tom1 … How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms
Uncle Tom — Un′cle Tom′ n. usage: This term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting. Though usually used of a black person, it occasionally refers to a person of any race who exhibits overly deferential behavior, esp. a female.… … From formal English to slang