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wog

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noun Chiefly British Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a contemptuous term used to refer to any nonwhite person, especially a dark-skinned native of the Middle East or Southeast Asia.
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Origin of wog

First recorded in 1925–30; perhaps shortening of golliwogg
Related formswog·gish, adjective
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Examples from the Web for wog

Historical Examples

  • "You must never ask for it, my darling girl," Wog had said quickly.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Upon the piano—it was Wog's piano now, a present from Rita—was a massive photograph frame of silver.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • These kindly memories of this great day passed in reverie through the tear-charged heart of Wog.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • Rita, in her new-found love, her legitimate love, had never mentioned the poet to Wog.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • I am going to marry Dicker to-morrow morning, and by the time you see this—Wog will send it—I shall be married.

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull


British Dictionary definitions for wog

wog1

noun
  1. British slang, derogatory a foreigner, esp one who is not White
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Word Origin

probably from golliwog

wog2

noun
  1. slang, mainly Australian influenza or any similar illness
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Word Origin

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wog

n.

c.1920, "a lower-class babu shipping clerk" [Partridge]; later World War II British armed forces slang for "native of India" (especially as a servant or laborer), possibly shortened from golliwog. Many acronym origins have been proposed, none found satisfactory.

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