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c.1920, "a lower-class babu shipping clerk" [Partridge]; later World War II British armed forces slang for "native of India" (especially as a servant or laborer), possibly shortened from golliwog. Many acronym origins have been proposed, none found satisfactory.
A native of India, esp a laborer
[WWII armed forces fr British; the British usage, ''any native of an Eastern country,'' is said to derive fr an arch acronym for Worthy Oriental Gentleman or Westernized Oriental Gentleman; some think it is more likely to be a shortening of golliwog, ''a black doll with wild frizzy hair and staring eyes,'' fr the name of such a doll in late 1800s children's stories by Bertha Upton, and a popular toy in British nurseries]