a type of grotesque rag doll with a black face and woolly hair
Origin of golliwogfrom Golliwogg (arbitrary formation, uncertain or unknown; perhaps related to wog, uncertain or unknown; perhaps after polliwog), the name of such a character in a series of children's books by Florence K. Upton (1873-1922)
A doll fashioned in grotesque caricature of a black male.
Origin of golliwogAfter Golliwog a doll character in books by Bertha Upton (1849-1912), British-born American author, and her daughter, Florence Upton (1873-1922), American-born British illustrator
Coined for the illustrations by Florence Kate Upton for her mother Bertha Upton′s 1895 children′s book, The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls — and a ‘Golliwogg’.