American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a person of Polish birth or descent.
- n. Obsolete A native of Poland; a Pole.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Pole; a Polander.
- n. A name given to the Jews of the Polish provinces, by their Lithuanian coreligionists. The former, in turn, call the latter Litvaks (which see).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A Polander.
- n. a person of Polish descent
- From Polish Polak ("a Polish person"). (Wiktionary)
- Polish Polak; see pelə-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And avoid calling anybody a "Polack" as he deemed fellow analyst Ron Jaworski — albeit playfully — during ESPN's draft coverage.”
“From what I heard, I missed the usual ridiculous bombast, including Millen calling Ron Jaworski a "Polack" and subsequently having to apologize on the air.”
“I complained to station manager Eric Johnson that the word "Polack" was derogatory, an ethnic slur.”
“By the same token, 'Polack' is quite simply the term -- in Polish -- for a male Polish person.”
“I ` m a Polish-American, and I ` ve been called "Polack" many times.”
“I started reading the first quarto of _Hamlet_, sucking the juices out of every u/v and extra e and the handwritten annotation 'Polack' against _pollax_... until I remembered I had far more urgent things to do and mustn't get out the folio text to compare.”
“Ryan had a discordant memory of the "Polack" jokes so popular when he'd been in high school, but managed not to relate any to the assembled throng.”
“The mother was found to be a very intelligent woman and explained to the officer that her boy had been constantly angered and practically spoiled at school; that it had been ground into him that he was nothing but a "Polack," and that no good thing was to be expected of him.”
“Polack" which is an offensive term to someone of Polish descent.”
“The film traces the meteoric rise of Evans as he first identified a riveting story (Rosemary's Baby), then found a suitable producer (the "Polack" Polanski) and started off on his first production.”
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