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Now used as an insult to black people, the tar baby was originally a jet black baby doll (becaue it was made out of tar) used to trap Br'er Rabbit Rabbit in an American folk tale.

Tar baby can also be a term used to describe a "sticky" situation.
It's not racist to call an actual tar baby a tar baby! That's like saying it's racist to call Ritz "crackers" or chocolate sandwich cookies "Oreos"!
by PokeyMan December 06, 2010
the dirt found in the creases of a young child's neck/throat after a good day at the playground
grandma: don't forget to clean the tar babies during your bath, Corey

granddaughter: ok, thanks, Gramma! :]
by Guerita Lokita February 01, 2009
An african american baby, most likely very black.
Oh gosh it's a tar baby! Lock the car doors!
by 3 in a box! <3!*$!! December 11, 2007
describing a person who is really dark.
If I'm out in da sun for another second, I'll end up lookin' like a tar-baby.
by Tugboats May 28, 2006
Someone who looks like they're half alive or too high to even function, they're sunken in and skinny.
Have you talked to him lately?

No, he's turned into a tar baby.
by lightyear09 June 27, 2010
1) A black man. see coon, nigger, etc etc

2) A road cyclist because they can't ride anywhere but on the tar-seal without needing a different bike.

3) A booby trap: shaped like a baby but made of tar.
1)ship that tar baby back

2) Stupid tar babies on their pricey road-only bicycles

3) I'm stuck to this tar baby
by Alejandro Paul's son April 17, 2009
A black person, or a white person covered in tar...that looks like a nigger
Wow...you are so black, you are a tar baby.
by Chodee April 08, 2008