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Jap

[jap] /dʒæp/
adjective, noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Japanese person.
Origin of Jap
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90; shortened form
Usage note
Dating back to the late 19th century, use of this term was originally neutral. But because the Japanese were the enemy during World War II, the term Jap became derogatory.

JAP

[jap] /dʒæp/
noun, Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a term used to refer to a pampered young Jewish-American woman, especially one who takes material advantages for granted.
Origin
J(ewish) A(merican) P(rincess)
Usage note
JAP is a term of mild contempt, used (most often by Jewish people themselves) to refer to a young Jewish female who is spoiled or indulged. In its reference to a certain stereotype, the word has anti-Semitic and sexist overtones. However, it has been reclaimed by some Jewish females as a positive term of self-reference.

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Examples from the Web for Jap
Historical Examples
  • Our Jap got sick last week and he sent a new man to take his place.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • I got closer to the Jap than I had ever been before; and by gracious, Linda!

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • If the Jap had had any way of killing me, I believe he would have done it.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • You cannot fish in the channel any more without encountering these Jap boats.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Many of the Jap fishermen sold their boats and sought other industry.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Within ten days he was “Lafe” to everybody except 113 Gowan and the Jap.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Well, a Jap is a perturbed Chinaman, and clothes are clothes.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • I ran a stud-poker game, with a Jap an' a Chinaman for partners.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • A uniformed Jap appeared immediately as though summoned by a genie.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • I suppose Jimmy is the one with two guns and a Jap sword, eh?

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
British Dictionary definitions for Jap

Jap

/dʒæp/
noun, adjective
1.
(informal, often derogatory) short for Japanese

JAP

abbreviation
1.
(US, slang) Jewish American Princess

Jap.

abbreviation
1.
Japan(ese)
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Word Origin and History for Jap

JAP

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Jap

Jewish American Princess

noun phrase

A pampered and usually wealthy young woman who feels she deserves special treatment: plenty of Jewish American Princesses in their wigs and false eyelashes/ the unofficial, secret JAP within me (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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