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Term used amongst African Americans to denote companionship, sort of like mate is used by Brits or cunt by Australians.

The spelling/pronunciation of nigga is intended to be different from the word nigger, which is generally considered to be supremely racist. Presumably the difference arises as a result of the non-rhoticity of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). This is somewhat ironic when one considers that the (white) southern dialect was nearly universally non-rhotic in the time when slavery was still legal, and that non-rhoticity is still present in the speech of many upper class, "old money" southerners, especially amongst the older generations (i.e. descendants of plantation owners).
African Americans like to say nigga because it's different from nigger (which is racist). People whose grandparents owned 100 slaves also might use nigga, but they intend it to be racist. The irony is just too much if you ask me.
by joe12312312313123 October 14, 2007
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term of endearment from one black man to another. sometimes not taken offensively until the "er" is pronounced even if the person is white.
((in this example sally and Ja'mall are best friends. Sally is white))
Sally: Whuttup Nigger?
Ja'mall: Bitch it's nigga. Leave off the "er"
Sally: er!
Ja'mall: No. I don't call you cracker i call you crackaa.
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A word many African Americans (including myself) have differing opinions about:

1.A slang word meaning friend or another person.

2.A new version of a degrating term that means an ignorant black person. Used over a hundred years ago by slave owners and still carries a lot of hostility.

Although it is hypocritical for blacks and some hispanics to say it and not let whites do the same, it has always confused me as to why whites want to so badly.
I am sick of seeing sentences that depict stereotypical black people saying nigga and white people getting mad.
by bmoreangel January 20, 2007
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A term used freely by black people, since it is socially acceptable for racial minorities to be racists. It keeps people of some race apprehensive, when in company of people other than their race. Also used for low class people to regress to earlier time, as an excuse to hate, other races than their own.
White guy, "Why do you say nigga so much Mostafa, you are from Somalia?"
Black guy, "Step off nigga, my bros going to buss a cap in yo ass!"
by Whatabitch_99 September 12, 2005
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a way black people use a word to yet once again to keep them in there own black world. yet they want to stop racism but they are who are realy racist against themselves. they can call each other nigga use it it in a song but when a white person says it its racist.yet black people will go up to a white person and say what up my nigga? its a word that is used that makes everybody look like a hypocrite.
by tanika May 13, 2006
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1. a black person
2. a man
3. a homie
1. white people be straight hatin on niggas(black people)
2. there were no bitches, just a bunch of niggas (all male races)
3. you my nigga! (all races and genders)
by miKKi da downassbitch February 01, 2009
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