[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for polack


/ (ˈpəʊlæk) /


derogatory, slang a Pole or a person of Polish descent

Word Origin for Polack

C16: from Polish Polak Pole
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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.

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