- a contemptuous term used to refer to a Japanese person.
Origin of Jap
- a term used to refer to a pampered young Jewish-American woman, especially one who takes material advantages for granted.
Origin of JAP
Examples from the Web for jap
Our Jap got sick last week and he sent a new man to take his place.
I got closer to the Jap than I had ever been before; and by gracious, Linda!
If the Jap had had any way of killing me, I believe he would have done it.
You cannot fish in the channel any more without encountering these Jap boats.
Many of the Jap fishermen sold their boats and sought other industry.
- informal, often derogatory short for Japanese
- US slang Jewish American Princess
Word Origin and History for jap
acronym for Jewish-American Princess, attested from 1971.
Colloquial abbreviation of Japanese, by 1880 as a noun, 1892 as an adjective, not originally pejorative but became so during World War II. It was protested by Japanese before the war, but did not begin to be taboo in the U.S. before 1960s. For some years after World War II in American English the word also functioned as a verb, "to execute a sneak attack upon," a reference to Pearl Harbor.