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[poh-lahk, -lak] /ˈpoʊ lɑk, -læk/
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a Pole or person of Polish descent.
Origin of Polack
First recorded in 1590-1600, Polack is from the Polish word polak a Pole Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Polack
Historical Examples
  • He tried to reason with them; but the Hungarians and Polack miners know no reason.

  • He danced away like a Polack right merrily with his family, and stuck the rod behind the fur.

    Titan: A Romance v. 1 (of 2) Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  • A Polack man showed a torn hand that had come under an ax-handle.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • The cry echoed back short from a hundred Polack throats, and they sent a splitter; it was plain they were mad for blood.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • In such a cause, any soldier, were he but a Polack Scythe-man, shall be welcome.

  • Personally I like Polack and Savage the best of them, despite the lumbering pretentiousness and doubtful veracity of the former.

    The Long White Cloud

    William Pember Reeves
  • Linda had had maids, Polack and Swedish girls, and Irish country girls hardly intelligible in speech.

    Harriet and the Piper Kathleen Norris
  • They got a veteran soldier and a Polack waman to allow the machine to experiment on them.

    Peck's Compendium of Fun

    George W. Peck
  • We saw a Polack dancing-hall, where the cook-girls were slatterns, but romantic slatterns.

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for Polack


(derogatory, slang) a Pole or a person of Polish descent
Word Origin
C16: from Polish Polak Pole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Polack

"Polish person," 1570s, from Polish Polak "(male) Polish person," related to Poljane "Poles," Polsko "Poland," polski "Polish" (see Pole). In North American usage, "Polish immigrant, person of Polish descent" (1879) and in that context considered offensive in English. As an adjective from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Polack



A Pole or a person of Polish extraction •It is curious that this word is somewhat pejorative in English even though it is the Polish word for ''Pole'' (1879+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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