gol·​li·​wog ˈgä-lē-ˌwäg How to pronounce golliwog (audio)
variants or less commonly gollywog or golliwogg
: a type of black rag doll with exaggerated features and colorful clothing that was formerly popular as a children's toy in Britain and Australia

Examples of golliwog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also a grinning golliwog — a racist character from an 1895 children’s book by Florence Kate Upton. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022 Imagine the impact, then, of the grinning golliwog in 1980s-era ready-to-wear women’s fashion. Cate McQuaid, BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2022

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Word History


Golliwogg, an animated doll in children's fiction by Bertha Upton †1912 American writer

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of golliwog was in 1895

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“Golliwog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/golliwog. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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