honky or hon·kie, hon·key, hon·ker [hong-kee, hawng-] Word Origin noun, plural hon·kies. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
- a contemptuous term used to refer to a white person.
Origin of honky 1945–50, Americanism; perhaps alteration ofBritish Dictionary definitions for honkie honky noun plural honkies
- derogatory, slang, mainly US a White man or White men collectively
Word Origin for honky C20: of unknown origin Word Origin and History for honkie honky n.
also honkey, derogatory slang word for “white person,” by 1967, black slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from late 19c. hunky “East-Central European immigrant,” a colloquial shortening of Hungarian. Honky in the sense of “factory hand” is attested from 1946.