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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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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