gook

gook

1 [gook, gook]

Origin:
expressive word, perhaps blend of goo and muck; cf. guck

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gook

2 [gook]
noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a native of Southeast Asia or the South Pacific, especially when a member of an enemy military force.
2.
any dark-skinned foreigner, especially one from the Middle East.
3.
anyone who is offensive to others because of stupidity, coarseness, etc.

Origin:
1930–35; of uncertain orig; compare earlier googoo, gugu, as opprobrious term for a Filipino, and perhaps comparable relationship of kook to cuckoo

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gook (ɡʊk, ɡuːk)
 
n
1.  slang a derogatory word for a person from a Far Eastern country
2.  informal a messy sticky substance; muck
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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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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