wog

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps an abbreviation of golliwog, which was first used the name of a black-faced doll in Bertha Upton’s 1895 book The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwog. A variety of folk etymologies exist, with the most common claiming that the word is an acronym for one of either westernized, worthy, wily, or wonderful preceding “Oriental gentlemen”. Another claim is that it was used in the mid 1800s, with WOGS (meaning Working On Government Service) stencilled on the shirts of Indian workers in Egypt.

Noun[edit]

wog ‎(plural wogs)

  1. (Britain, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) Any dark-skinned person. Most commonly used to refer to people of Indian, North African, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern ancestry.
  2. (Australia, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of Southern European, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern ancestry.
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Synonyms[edit]
  • (person of Italian descent): dago
  • (person of Italian descent): Eyetie
  • (person of Italian descent): goombah
  • (person of Italian descent): greaseball
  • (person of Italian descent): guido
  • (person of Italian descent): guinea
  • (person of Italian descent): wop

Etymology 2[edit]

Abbreviation of polliwog.

Noun[edit]

wog ‎(plural wogs)

  1. Abbreviation of polliwog
  2. (nautical, slang) Short for pollywog, or a sailor who has never crossed the Equator. Often referred to as either filthy, slimy, or even dirty wogs

Etymology 3[edit]

Unknown.

Noun[edit]

wog ‎(plural wogs)

  1. (Australia slang) A minor illness, a bug, an insect or parasite.

Etymology 4[edit]

Initialism, coined by L. Ron Hubbard.

Noun[edit]

wog ‎(plural wogs)

  1. (Scientology) A person who is not a Scientologist.

Etymology 5[edit]

Initialism.

Noun[edit]

wog ‎(plural wogs)

  1. (piping/valves) WOG = water-oil-gas, typically marked on valves indicating acceptable for use with these fluids.

Etymology 6[edit]

Unknown.

Verb[edit]

wog ‎(third-person singular simple present wogs, present participle wogging, simple past and past participle wogged)

  1. (slang) To steal.
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German[edit]

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Verb[edit]

wog

  1. First-person singular preterite of wiegen.
  2. Third-person singular preterite of wiegen.
  3. First-person singular preterite of wägen.
  4. Third-person singular preterite of wägen.