Green’s Dictionary of Slang

darkie n.

also darkey, darky
[coined in the UK, the term has spread to all English-language slangs, denoting Afro-Americans, Aborigines, Maoris and others]

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.

In compounds

In phrases

choke a darkie (v.) (also sink..., strangle...) [SE choke + pun on SE dark + sfx -y/darkie n.]

[1960s+] (Aus.) to defecate.