Origin of wog; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
nounChiefly British Offensive Slang
Origin of wogProbably short for golliwog.
- (UK, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) Any dark-skinned person. Most commonly used to refer to people of Indian, North African, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern ancestry.
- (Australia, slang, pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of Southern European, Mediterranean (especially Italian, Croatian, Lebanese, Greek, Serbian, Macedonian and Bosnian people).
Perhaps an abbreviation of golliwog.
The claim that it is an acronym for Westernised Oriental gentleman is demonstrably false, as this etymology does not seem to occur before the 1960's although the term had been in use for over a hundred years at that point.
Abbreviation of polliwog.
- (Scientology) an acronym for "Without Goals", i.e. a person who is not a Scientologist.
Initialism, coined by L. Ron Hubbard.
- (piping/valves) WOG = water-oil-gas, typically marked on valves indicating acceptable for use with these fluids.
(third-person singular simple present wogs, present participle wogging, simple past and past participle wogged)
- (slang) To steal.