gook

gook
gook 1899, U.S. military slang for "Filipino" during the insurrection there, probably from a native word, or imitative of the babbling sound of their language to American ears (Cf. barbarian). The term goo-goo eyes "soft, seductive eyes" was in vogue c.1900 and may have contributed to this somehow. Extended over time to "Nicaraguan," "any Pacific Islander" (World War II), "Korean" (1950s), "Vietnamese" and "any Asian" (1960s).

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  • gook — ☆ gook1 [gook, go͞ok ] n. [ GOO + (GUN)K] Slang any sticky, greasy, or slimy substance gook2 [go͞ok] n. [< ?] Slang an East Asian; specif., a Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, etc.: a hostile and contemptuous term …   English World dictionary

  • gook — [ guk ] noun AMERICAN 1. ) uncount INFORMAL a thick sticky substance: GOO 2. ) count OFFENSIVE a very offensive word for someone from Asia …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gook — ► NOUN N. Amer. informal, offensive ▪ a person of SE Asian descent. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • gook — [guk OR guk] 1. n. a slimy substance; a sediment or residue. □ There was a lot of gook in my crankcase. □ Too much of that gook will ruin your engine. 2. n. a foolish oaf. □ Wow, Chuck is turning into a real gook! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • gook — gob·ble·dy·gook; gook; gob·ble·de·gook; …   English syllables

  • gook — gook1 /gook, goohk/, n. Informal. 1. guck. 2. makeup, esp. when thickly applied: She looks ridiculous with all that gook around her eyes. [expressive word, perh. b. GOO and MUCK; cf. GUCK] gook2 /goohk/, n. Slang (disparaging and offensive). 1. a …   Universalium

  • Gook — Recorded as Gawke, Gook, Gooke, the patronymics Gawkes, Goakes, Gokes, and Gookes, the diminutives Gooken, Goky, Gookie, Gooky, Gookey, and possibly others, this interesting surname is English. It derives however from the pre 7th century Norse… …   Surnames reference

  • Gook — (racist) 1. South East Asian, especially a national of a country in which Western soldiers fought, as a Japanese, a Korean or a Vietnamese; 2. South East Asian; 3. South East Asian: gook food ; gook speak (originally US military slang (1920s);… …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • gook — Australian Slang (racist) 1. South East Asian, especially a national of a country in which Western soldiers fought, as a Japanese, a Korean or a Vietnamese; 2. South East Asian; 3. South East Asian: gook food ; gook speak (originally US military… …   English dialects glossary

  • gook — UK [ɡuːk] / US [ɡʊk] noun Word forms gook : singular gook plural gooks American 1) [uncountable] informal a thick sticky substance 2) [countable] offensive a very offensive word for someone from Asia …   English dictionary


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