gook vs goop what difference

what is difference between gook and goop

English

Etymology 1

The word was used by U.S. Marines in the early 20th century; the earliest written example is dated 1920.

Folk etymology suggests that during the Korean War, young Korean children would point at U.S. soldiers and shout in Korean 美國 (Miguk, America). Soldiers heard the word as “me gook”, as if the children were defining themselves as “gooks”. The soldiers proceeded to use that term to refer to the Koreans. The word (, 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.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡuːk/; IPA(key): /ɡʊk/ (less common)
  • Rhymes: -uːk, -ʊk

Noun

gook (plural gooks)

  1. (slang, vulgar, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) A person of Far Eastern or Oceanian descent, especially a Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese or Korean person.
    1. (US, derogatory) A Vietnamese insurgent in the Vietnam War, particularly a member of the Viet Cong.
  2. (dated) A foreigner, especially an enemy soldier in wartime.
    1. (Rhodesia, derogatory) A black insurgent in the Rhodesian Bush War.
      • 1997, Dick Gledhill, One Commando: Rhodesia’s Last Years & the Guerilla War it Never Lost, p. 55:
        “But shit, man, don’t we do a fucking good job of it. Jesus, we slew long gooks this last trip,” quipped Mark.
Usage notes
  • In the US, gook refers especially to a Vietnamese person in the context of the Vietnam War, and particularly to the Viet Cong. It is generally considered to be highly offensive, on par with nigger.
Derived terms
  • gookland
Translations

Etymology 2

Possible blend of goop +‎ gunk, or related to gobbledygook.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡʊk/, /ɡuːk/
  • Rhymes: -ʊk, -uːk

Noun

gook (plural gooks)

  1. (informal) Grime or mud.
Derived terms
  • gooky
  • gook up

Etymology 3

Noun

gook (plural gooks)

  1. (slang) A dull or hapless person.

See also

  • gook wagon

References



English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɡuːp/
  • Rhymes: -uːp

Noun

goop (usually uncountable, plural goops)

  1. (informal, usually uncountable) A thick, slimy substance; goo.
  2. (countable, informal, derogatory, dated) A silly, stupid, or boorish person.

Derived terms

  • goopy

Verb

goop (third-person singular simple present goops, present participle gooping, simple past and past participle gooped)

  1. (informal) To apply a thick, slimy, or goo-like substance.
  2. (informal, possibly obsolete) To stare; gawk.

Translations

References

  • “goop” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987–1996.

Anagrams

  • PoGo, pogo

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