golliwogg

or gol·li·wog

[ gol-ee-wog ]
/ ˈgɒl iˌwɒg /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

a grotesque black doll.
a grotesque person.

Nearby words

  1. goliath crane,
  2. goliath frog,
  3. goliathan,
  4. golilla,
  5. golliwog,
  6. gollop,
  7. golly,
  8. gollywobbler,
  9. golosh,
  10. goloshes

Origin of golliwogg

First recorded in 1890–95; after the name of a doll in an illustrated series of children's books by Bertha Upton (died 1912), U.S. writer, and Florence Upton (died 1922), illustrator

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