House Nigger Meaning

(dated, now offensive) A black slave that worked as a domestic as opposed to manual labor.

Example: 2003, John Cheever, The Wapshot Chronicle, page 162
  "You look like a house nigger."
2008, Julia L. Mickenberg, Philip Nel, Tales for little rebels: a collection of radical children's literature, page 195
  If massa was sick, house nigger would come 'round and say, “Massa we sick, ain't we?