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or gol·li·wog

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. a grotesque black doll.
  2. a grotesque person.
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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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Historical Examples of golliwogg

  • Children will like the funny, brightly colored pictures in this large oblong book, and will be fascinated by the Golliwogg.

    A Mother's List of Books for Children

    Gertrude Weld Arnold