Green’s Dictionary of Slang

nigga n.

also niga
[nigger n.1 (1); the sp. is now exclusive to the world of gangsta adj. rap where the SE sfx -er is transposed to -a, a foreshortening that is regularly found in black sl. as a means of intensifying a term (cf. player n. (2)/playa n.) and is thus used in a non-derog. way]

1. (US black) a black person; thus pl. niggaz.

[[US]Uncle Daniel’s Story of ‘Tom’ Anderson 85: ‘Whar you goin’, nigga?’ [...] Dat’s what ‘Sesh’ all call us – ‘niggas’].
[[SA]B. Mitford Fire Trumpet II 273: You dam Hottentot nigga!].
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 22: Kill that nigga, baby, kill ’im!
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 102: Now, if it develops into anything else after that, it’s the weakness on the nigga’s part for letting that happen.
[US]N. Heard House of Slammers 4: The nigga knew he had to wait. [Ibid.] 14: I love that nigga’s last year’s drawers.
[US] Ice-T ‘Six in the Morning’ [lyrics] Niga didn’t know what happened / Didn’t have time to ask.
[US] Snoop Doggy Dogg ‘What’s My Name?’ [lyrics] Cuz I never hesitate to put a nigga on his back.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 2 July 5: In Belly, niggaz get to kill each other in amoral chaos.
[UK]Guardian Guide 1–6 Jan. 18: Cold-chillin’ with his niggaz in the ’hood.
[US]50 Cent ‘Wanksta’ [lyrics] Nigga, you play with my paper, you gon meet my baretta.
Skins ser.1 ep.3 [TV script] Don’t be calling our sister no waste gash, nigga.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 6: Inmates exchange intrixcate handshakes and formal titles: OG, young G, boo, bro, baby boy, brutha, dude, cuz, dawg, P, G, daddy, pimpin’, nigga, man, thug thizzle, my boy, my man, homie.

2. (US campus) a close friend, only used among exclusively white or black groups.

[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 10: NIGGA — close friend. X: ‘So you trust him?’ Y: ‘Yeah. He’s my nigga.’ Not used in inter-racial groups.

In derivatives

niggalicious (adj.) [-licious sfx]

(US black) of a black woman, heavily built.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] niggalicous Definition: a black women with an huge ass that one could mistake for a biscuit. Example: Damn foo, that bag ho’s ass be niggalicous I gots to get my teeth on it.

In compounds

nigga chops (n.) [chops n.1 (1)]

(US black) a fellow black person.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] nigga chops Definition: a fellow negro; friend Example: Yo, nigga chops, get yo bitch ass ova here before I busta cap in yo ass.

In exclamations

nigga please!

(US black) an excl. of disbelief, dismissal.

[US]Ebonics Primer at www.dolemite.com [Internet] nigga please! Definition: Exclamation used to show disbelief or skepticism. Example: Creeper: ‘Ain’t go no money to pay you, call the police you thinkum jivin’!’ Clerk: ‘Nigger please!’.