Green’s Dictionary of Slang

wog n.1

[ety. unknown; it appears to have been used in East End of London from c. 1910; suggestions include that of F.C. Bowen in Sea Slang (1929), who includes ‘Wogs, lower class Babu shipping clerks on the Indian coast’, but provides no further detail. Popular belief has always chosen the acronym westernized oriental gentleman or wily oriental gentleman, while Partridge opts for abbr. of SE golliwog, and certainly this once-popular doll, with its caricatured ‘black’ features, has long since been marginalized as politically incorrect]

1. [1910s+] (also woggo, woggy) a derog. term for any non-white, esp. an Indian or Pakistani and latterly, in the UK, Bangladeshi; thus feminized as woggess.

2. [1920s+] (Aus. juv.) a very young child.

3. [1940s+] any foreigner; esp. in the phr. the wogs begin at Calais; also attrib.

4. [1960s] (N.Z.) a Maori.

5. [1960s+] a black person.

6. [1970s] (US) as white wog, an Irishman.

7. [1980s] (Aus.) a foreign language, usu. Middle Eastern or southern/eastern European.

8. [1980s+] (Aus.) a Mediterranean immigrant, e.g. a Greek or Yugoslav; also attrib.

In derivatives

woggish (adj.)

[2000s] (Aus.) characteristic of immigrants.

woggishness (n.)

the nature of immigrants.

wog-like (adj.)

characteristic of an Asian or other variety of ‘wog’.

In compounds

wogball (n.) [its popularity among Mediterranean immigrants]

[1970s+] (Aus.) soccer.

wog-bashing (n.)

[1980s+] the unprovoked, racist assault on those of a different colour.

wog chariot (n.) (also wogmobile)

[1980s+] (Aus.) a vehicle seen as esp. popular among immigrants.

wogland (n.)

[2000s] any country whose natives are seen to qualify as ‘wogs’, e.g. India, Pakistan .

wog mansion (n.)

[2000s+] (Aus.) a large and vulgar house.

wogsmeat (n.) [meat n. (1)]

a woman who has sexual relationships with coloured men.

wog telly (n.)

[1980s+] (Aus.) communty television, broadcast in a variety of languages by the Special Broadcasting Service.

In phrases

wog it (v.)

[1940s] of a westerner, to adopt the lifestyle of a poor Asian worker; synon. with ‘go native’.