Origin of polliwog
variant of polliwig,
earlier polwigge, late Middle English polwygle.
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Related Words for polliwogfrog
Examples from the Web for polliwog
Historical Examples of polliwog
The chatter of society has succeeded that of the goose and the polliwog.
Old forms of polliwog are pollywig, polewiggle, and 242 pollwiggle.
The result was one of those quick india-rubber scuffles fearful to behold, but delightful to human nature in its polliwog state.
The result was one of those quick India-rubber scuffles fearful to behold but delightful to human nature in its polliwog state.
British Dictionary definitions for polliwog
British dialect, US and Canadian another name for tadpole informal a sailor who has not crossed the equatorCompare shellback
Word Origin for polliwog
C15 polwygle; see poll, wiggle
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Word Origin and History for polliwog
"tadpole," mid-15c., polwygle, probably from pol "head" (see poll (n.)) + wiglen "to wiggle" (see wiggle (v.)). Modern spelling is 1830s, replacing earlier polwigge.
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