Gook vs Nook - What's the difference?

gook | nook |

As nouns the difference between gook and nook

is that gook is (slang|vulgar|pejorative|offensive|ethnic slur) a person from the far east, oceania or southeast asia, in particular a vietnamese, filipino, chinese, korean person or gook can be (informal) grime or mud while nook is a small corner formed by two walls; an alcove or recess or ancone.

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Etymology 1

Use traced to U.S. Marines in Philippines in early 20th century.]Pearson, Kim, "[ Gook". Earliest recorded example is dated 1920.Seligman, Herbert J., " The Conquest of Haiti", The Nation, July 10, 1920. * Folk etymology suggests that during the Korean War, young Korean children would point at U.S. soldiers and shout ", guk) itself simply means "country". This explanation ignores the fact that there are many examples of the word's use that pre-date the Korean War.


(en noun)
  • (slang, vulgar, pejorative, offensive, ethnic slur) A person from the Far East, Oceania or Southeast Asia, in particular a Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, Korean person.
  • Usage notes
    * In the US, gook refers particularly to a Vietnamese person in the context of the Vietnam War, and particularly to the Viet Cong. It is generally considered highly offensive, on a par with nigger.

    Etymology 2

    Possible blend of goop and gunk.


    (en noun)
  • (informal) Grime or mud.
  • * {{quote-book, 1983, Len O'Connor, A Reporter in Sweet Chicago, isbn=0809276488 citation
  • , passage="Roost No More" was a yellow gook that Joe's people would spread around, for a fee, on the ledges of houses and commercial buildings plagued by pigeons.}}
    Derived terms
    * gooky * gook up

    See also

    * gook wagon




    (en noun)
  • A small corner formed by two walls; an alcove or recess or ancone.
  • There was a small broom for sweeping ash kept in the nook between the fireplace bricks and the wall.
  • A hidden or secluded spot.
  • The back of the used book shop was one of her favorite nooks ; she could read for hours and no one would bother her or pester her to buy.

    Derived terms

    * nookery