golliwog

noun
gol·​li·​wog | \ ˈgä-lē-ˌwäg How to pronounce golliwog (audio) \
variants: or less commonly gollywog or golliwogg

Definition of golliwog

: 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

First Known Use of golliwog

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for golliwog

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

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Cite this Entry

“Golliwog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/golliwog. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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