[ gook, gook ]
See synonyms for gook on
  1. makeup, especially when thickly applied: She looks ridiculous with all that gook around her eyes.

Origin of gook

Expressive word, perhaps blend of goo and muck; cf. guck

Words Nearby gook

Other definitions for gook (2 of 2)

[ gook ]

nounSlang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a native of Southeast Asia or the South Pacific, especially a member of an enemy military force.

  2. a contemptuous term used to refer to any dark-skinned foreigner, especially a non-European or non-American.

  1. anyone who is offensive to others because of stupidity, coarseness, etc.

Origin of gook

First recorded in 1915–20; of uncertain origin; compare earlier googoo, gugu, a contemptuous term for a Filipino, and perhaps comparable relationship of kook to cuckoo

usage note For gook

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gook in a sentence

  • In your hand iss the Tah gook—the Oriental symbol for life, for sex.

    54-40 or Fight | Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for gook


/ (ɡʊk, ɡuːk) /

  1. slang a derogatory word for a person from a Far Eastern country

  2. informal a messy sticky substance; muck

Origin of gook

C20: of uncertain origin

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012