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Polack

Syllabification: Po·lack
Pronunciation: /ˈpōˌläk, -ˌlak
 
/
(also polack) derogatory , chiefly North American

Definition of Polack in English:

noun

A person from Poland or of Polish descent.
Example sentences
  • In time, their influence began to wane as Germans, and later Italians, Polacks and Slavs started to figure in increasing numbers.
  • Their business is to stay where they are and hold their heads for everybody else to hit, because we're not real Poles and we're not real Germans, and if you're a Kashube, you're not good enough for the Germans or the Polacks.
  • The bigger question, and the one that Moore eventually explores through the prism of our neighbors to the north (who have inexplicably become the new Polacks in our national consciousness), is why do Americans live in a culture of fear?

adjective

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Of Polish origin or descent.
Example sentences
  • Hamlet encounters Fortinbras' army headed for the Polack wars.

Origin

late 16th century: from Polish Polak.

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