coon
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /kun/
Noun

coon (plural coons)

  1. (racial slur) A black person.
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  2. (informal, chiefly, Southern US) A raccoon.
    • 1865, Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, Chapter IX. "The Sea and the Desert", page 187.
      He also said that minks, muskrats, foxes, coons, and wild mice were found there, but no squirrels.
    • 1963 Sterling North, Rascal, Avon Books (softcover), p 100:
      How about a glen bong for you and your 'coon?
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, page 149:
      ‘Listen, Mr Du Toit,’ he said at last, in an obvious effort to sound light-hearted. ‘Why go to all this trouble for the sake of a bloody coon?’
  3. (informal, South Africa) A member of a colourfully dressed dance troupe in Cape Town during New Year celebrations.
  4. (Southern US, ethnic slur) A coonass; a white Acadian French person who lives in the swamps.
  5. (US, dated) A sly fellow.
  6. (AAVE) A black person who "plays the coon"; that is, who plays the dated stereotype of a black fool for an audience, particularly including Caucasians.
Verb

coon (coons, present participle cooning; past and past participle cooned)

  1. (Southern US, colloquial) To hunt raccoons.
  2. (climbing) To traverse by crawling, as a ledge.
  3. (Southern US, colloquial) To crawl while straddling, especially in crossing a creek.
    • ante 1917 Roger Martin, “The Parson Goes A-Fishing”, Outing, W. B. Holland, volume LXIX, page 216:
      There is a little ledge low on the face of the cliff, and by this with careful “cooning” one may reach a recession in the rock which makes a lovely arm chair.
    • 1957, The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, volume XVI, Arkansas Historical Association:
      2 o'clock we float up to Duvall's landing—high bluff, store house, and a few dwelling houses. Here the fleet stops. Now for a canter through the woods, cooning logs, and waiding sloughs. Slosh across a small prairie.
    • 1982, Edwin Van Syckle, The River Pioneers, Early Days on Grays Harbor, Pacific Search Press, page 186:
      “Advertising” was one problem for frontier women. Another was having to “coon” across a fallen tree that had been felled and limbed to bridge a canyon or gully.
  4. (Georgia (US), colloquial) To fish by noodling, by feeling for large fish in underwater holes.
  5. (African American Vernacular English, of an, African American) To play the dated stereotype of a black fool for an audience, particularly including Caucasians.
    • 1999, Nelson George, Elevating the Game, Black Men and Basketball, U of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803270852, page 52:
      If any other forties figure paralleled this humorous, graceful man in appeal it was the dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, who, like the Trotter, funneled his extraordinary physical gifts into mass entertainment for whites yet remarkably, considering the time, avoided cooning.
    • 2005, Kermit Ernest Campbell, “gettin’ our groove on”, rhetoric, language, and literacy for the hip hop generation, Wayne State University Press, ISBN 081432925X, page 80:
      From the classic toasts to the dirty dozens to the early blues50 and now to gangsta rap lyrics—why not consider it all just a bunch of niggers cooning for the white man’s delight and dollars?
    • 2006, A. Khaulid, The Great Book of Fire, Damon Hunter, ISBN 1427602417, page 142:
      Then the warrior appeared, in a manner that was dead serious as a heart attack wearing a baseball cap. Then came the sidekick, a jet black madman dancing, and almost cooning out of the shadows that cancelled him.
  6. (Southern US, colloquial, dated) To steal.
    • 1940, John W. “Jack” Ganzhorn, I’ve Killed Men, Robert Hale Limited, page 58:
      Cooning water-melons [sic.] was a common custom, and young people would go out at night on such parties. To prevent any raids on our melon patch Grandfather set a trap alarm—which brought disaster.
    • 1968, Bill Adler (compiler), Jay David (editor), Growing Up Black, Morrow, page 200:
      In the summertime, at night, in addition to all the other things we did, some of us boys would slip out down the road, or across the pastures and go “cooning” watermelons.
    • 2006, Timothy M. Gay, Tris Speaker, The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend, U of Nebraska Press, ISBN 0803222068, page 37:
      Tris and his gang loved to prowl around at night, “cooning melons,” as Speaker put it in a 1920 interview. By all accounts, young Master Speaker was a handful.

Coon
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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