Definition of golliwog noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɡɒliwɒɡ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːliwɑːɡ//
(informal golly
BrE BrE//ˈɡɒli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːli//
(pl. gollies))
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a doll (= a model of a person for a child to play with) made of cloth with a black face and short black hair, now often considered offensive to black people Word Originlate 19th cent.: from Golliwogg, the name of a doll character in books by Bertha Upton (died 1912), American writer; perhaps suggested by golly and polliwog.