wog

[ wog ]
/ wɒg /

noun Chiefly British Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to any nonwhite person, especially a dark-skinned native of the Middle East or Southeast Asia.

Origin of wog

First recorded in 1925–30; perhaps shortening of golliwogg
Related formswog·gish, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wog (1 of 2)

wog

1
/ (wɒɡ) /

noun

British slang, derogatory a foreigner, esp one who is not White

Word Origin for wog

probably from golliwog

British Dictionary definitions for wog (2 of 2)

wog

2
/ (wɒɡ) /

noun

slang, mainly Australian influenza or any similar illness

Word Origin for wog

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for wog

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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