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[goo k, gook] /gʊk, guk/
noun, Informal.
makeup, especially when thickly applied:
She looks ridiculous with all that gook around her eyes.
Origin of gook1
expressive word, perhaps blend of goo and muck; cf. guck


[gook] /guk/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a native of Southeast Asia or the South Pacific, especially a member of an enemy military force.
a contemptuous term used to refer to any dark-skinned foreigner, especially a non-European or non-American.
anyone who is offensive to others because of stupidity, coarseness, etc.
1915-20; of uncertain orig; compare earlier googoo, gugu, as contemptuous term for a Filipino, and perhaps comparable relationship of kook to cuckoo
Usage note
The earliest recorded uses of this term were by U.S. Marines when referring to Haitians and Filipinos. It continued to be common slang in the American military, especially during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for gook


/ɡʊk; ɡuːk/
noun (US)
(slang) a derogatory word for a person from a Far Eastern country
(informal) a messy sticky substance; muck
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for gook

1899, U.S. military slang for "Filipino" during the insurrection there, probably from a native word, or imitative of the babbling sound of their language to American ears (cf. barbarian). The term goo-goo eyes "soft, seductive eyes" was in vogue c.1900 and may have contributed to this somehow. Extended over time to "Nicaraguan," "any Pacific Islander" (World War II), "Korean" (1950s), "Vietnamese" and "any Asian" (1960s).

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Slang definitions & phrases for gook

gook 1


Dirt; grime; sediment; glop, goo, gunk: Glim gets the gook off/ Joan has white guck all over her face (1940s+)

gook 2


: Give it to the gook hospitals


An Asian or Polynesian; slope •Originally a Filipino insurrectionary, then a Nicaraguan, then any Pacific Islander during WWII, the term embraced Koreans after 1950, Vietnamese and any Asian fr 1960s; sometimes used of any colored person: take it on the chin better than an American or a Zulu or a gook/ the way he felt about Vietnam and the gooks/ It was there that I first heard of dinks, slopes, and gooks

[1900s+ Army; fr gugu, a term of Filipino origin, perhaps fr Vicol gugurang, ''familiar spirit, personal demon,'' adopted by US armed forces during the Filipino Insurrection of 1899 as a contemptuous term for Filipinos, and spread among US troops to other places of occupation, invasion, etc; probably revived after 1950 by the Korean term kuk, which is a suffix of nationality, as in Chungkuk, ''China,'' etc]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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