Slang a person of Polish descent: a disparaging or derisive term
Origin of Polackfrom Polish Polak, a Pole
Used as a disparaging term for a person of Polish birth or ancestry.
Origin of PolackPolish Polak ; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
- (now North America offensive slang) A Pole, or person of Polish descent.
- 1610, Thomas Middleton, “Sir R. Sherley Sent Ambassador, etc.", in Arthur Henry Bullen editor, The Works of Thomas Middleton"Ž, volume VIII, published 1886, page 307:
- First therefore was he employed into Poland, where by Sigismund, the king of Poland and of Suecia, he was received with great magnificence and applause both of the Polack himself and of his people.
- The term Polack was used neutrally through the late nineteenth century, but is today considered an ethnic slur.
From Polish Polak (“a Polish person").