Palooka vs Polack - What's the difference?

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Palooka is a see also of polack.

As nouns the difference between palooka and polack

is that palooka is a stupid, oafish or clumsy person while polack is .




(en noun)
  • A stupid, oafish or clumsy person.
  • (US, boxing, bridge, and, similar ventures) Someone incompetent or untalented in the specified area.
  • * 1923 , (Lincoln Star), Nebraska, March 1923:
  • But against some palooka who had been press agented into greatness and into the form of a Dempsey menace — that would pack any outdoor arena.

    Derived terms

    * Palookaville

    See also

    * tomato can




    Alternative forms

    * Polak, Pollack, Pollock, Polock


    (en noun)
  • A Pole, or person of Polish descent.
  • (obsolete)
  • * c.'' 1600 ,
  • 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
  • *
  • Usage notes

    * The term was used neutrally through the late nineteenth century, but is today considered an ethnic slur.


    * (person of Polish descent) Pole, Polish person

    See also

    * palooka