wog

Definitions

Slang

  • noun a foreigner. The word was first used to refer to dark-skinned inhabitants of other countries and is still usually employed in this sense. First recorded in the late 19th century, some people believe the term is derived from the initials for ‘Westernized Wily Oriental Gentleman’, a condescending euphemism supposedly applied to Indians or Arabs working for the British colonial authorities. An equally plausible source is the word ‘golliwog’ (originally ‘golliwogg’), denoting a black doll with curly hair; a character invented by the children’s writer Bertha Upton in the late Victorian era. The word is common in Australia and not unknown in the USA.
  • noun an alternative version of wog gut
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