See also: polack and pólack

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EtymologyEdit

From Polish Polak (a Polish person). Cognate to French Polak, and akin to Swedish polack.

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Polack (plural Polacks)

  1. (now Canada, US offensive slang) A Pole, or person of Polish descent.
  2. (obsolete) Formerly in non-offensive use.
    • c. 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet
      which to him appear'd / to be a preparation against the Polack. - Act II, Scene ii, line 63
      So levied as before against the Pollack. - Act II, Scene ii, line 75
      Why, then the Polack never will defend it. - Act IV, Scene iv, line 23
    • 1610, Thomas Middleton, “Sir R. Sherley Sent Ambassador, etc.”, in Arthur Henry Bullen, editor, The Works of Thomas Middleton, volume VIII, published 1886, page 307:
      First therefore was he employed into Poland, where by Sigismund, the king of Poland and of Suecia, he was received with great magnificence and applause both of the Polack himself and of his people.

Usage notesEdit

  • The term Polack was used neutrally through the late nineteenth century, but is today considered an ethnic slur in North America. The Polish still refer to themselves by this term, and other countries do not attach an offensive connotation.

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Proper nounEdit

Polack

  1. An anglicized Polish surname, from Polak (Pole).

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Polack m (plural Polacks)

  1. Alternative spelling of Polak (Polack, person of Polish descent)

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Polack m (plural Polacke)

  1. Pole, Polack

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