a very offensive word used for black people. often used to tease or address black people by people of other races or by black people themselves within their own people.
Hey nigga whats up! where are you going?
by tanan May 3, 2008
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A word which in modern usage frequently refers to one who is biologically male. Can be used interchangeably with "dude."

Due to its etymological origins being the racial slur "nigger," certain limitations apply concerning its usage by Caucasians, but these largely vary based on setting.

See also: bitch used as a generalized term for females
That's that nigga.

Niggas plot. Bitches too.

White boy's my nigga.

I talk different to niggas than I do to the females.

Yeah, he's a nigga, but he turned dyke.
by Dertt June 20, 2013
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Pronunciation: 'ni-gah
Function: noun
Etymology: slang deviation from “nigger,” which itself is an alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from negro black, from Latin niger
1. The slang term “nigga” is used by and among Blacks usually as a term of affection or endearment or a form of non-offensive address that developed as a way for Blacks to re-appropriate (claim) the word “nigger” to convey affection rather than hatred. The word is increasingly being used among non-Blacks in a similar manner, especially young people. Yet, the word can also be used offensively in the same manner as “nigger” by Blacks and non-Blacks alike.
2. The word “nigger” is a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry used to refer to Blacks, members of any dark-skinned people group, and/or members of a socially disadvantaged class of persons, and is the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in the English language in referring to Blacks such that it is now often referred to as “the ‘n’ word.”
3. Not all Blacks use the word "nigga" and a debate exists among Blacks as to whether Blacks themselves should use it. A debate also exists among Blacks as to whether non-Blacks should use the word even if the non-Black uses the word in a non-offensive, non-inflammatory, non-racist, and affectionate or endearing manner just as Blacks use it. Interestingly, many Blacks who use the word have accepted its use by Puerto Ricans possibly due to long-time interaction and mating between Blacks and Puerto Ricans and common social and economic condition. Some Blacks who use the word also have no problem with Whites using the word especially if the Black and White are friends but the general rule is that, of all non-Blacks, Whites are never permitted to use either the words “nigger” or “nigga.” Paradoxically, the Civil Rights Movement has been so successful that some White youth who are urban or hip-hop culture enthusiasts find it the ultimate compliment to be called “nigga” and/or want to be able to use the word. Also, some Whites, especially young people, use the word privately between themselves also as a term of affection, endearment, or address.
Derogatory (Black):
Black man: There are Black folks and there are niggas. Black folks are trying to feed their families while niggas act a fool making all Blacks look ghetto, loud, lazy, uneducated, and poor.

As an address:
Black man: What's crackin lackin nigga?!
Black man: Nothin much. What's up with you nigga?!

As a term of endearment or affection:
Black man: Y'all all my niggas. I would die for you.
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its just like saying "my friend" or "buddy"
"thats my nigga" "theres my nigga Paris right there"
by Paris S. January 16, 2009
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The one word that is simply impossible to define because it means different things to different people. It is used by many black people without insult or even with endearment but is still offensive when used in the wrong way or by the wrong person.
Don't mess with him, dats my nigga.

Fuck those weak ass niggas.
by Talib Kwali June 20, 2005
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a word that black people can use but white people will get kicked the shit out of for using
"wassup nigga!"
"fuck you white boy"
*BANG*(gunshot)
by felix jenkins March 27, 2009
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a word for black dudes that white people shouldnt say
Black dude: what up nigga
Black dude2: what up
White dude: LOL HEY NIGGAHS
Black dude: fuckin white piece of shit im gunna shoot yo ass
by sinister96 March 5, 2009
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