1. [late 18C+] a derog., patronizing description of a black person; also used ironically by blacks as a self-description.
2. [mid-19C-1900s] a derog. term of address to a black person.
3. [mid-19C] (UK Und.) a beggar who feigns blindness.
4. [mid–late 19C] in pl., a collective term for a variety of late-night music-halls and bars on or near the Strand, London, usu. situated below ground level, e.g. the Shades, the Cider Cellars and the Coal Hole.
5. [1930s] a person with dark hair.
6. [1980s] a dark-skinned person, e.g. a Latino.
see nigger-driver n.
[1960s+] (Aus.) to defecate.