- pō'lŏk', -lāk'
- (now North America offensive slang) A Pole, or person of Polish descent.
- (obsolete) Formerly in non-offensive use.
- 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
- The Works of Thomas Middleton, VIII, page 307, Thomas Middleton, Arthur Henry Bullen, 1886, 1610, “First therefore was he employed into Poland, where by Sigismund, the king of Poland and of Suecia, he was received with great magnificence and applause both of the Polack himself and of his people.”, Sir R. Sherley Sent Ambassador, etc.
- The term was used neutrally through the late nineteenth century, but is today considered an ethnic slur.