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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
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.

Jap.

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Examples from the Web for Jap
Historical Examples
  • It's possible that they outguessed us and sent word to the commander of this Jap force we're trying to hunt down.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • I took that Jap by the throat and asked him what had happened.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • The baronet must have unwittingly revealed the family secret, and the Jap was clever enough to perceive its value.

  • He is a spy, a Jap who has been hanging about the Isthmus ever since the beginning of the work.

    Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Uncle Jap had been known to hint, nothing more, that he would have liked a dozen or so of babies.

    Bunch Grass Horace Annesley Vachell
  • It had seemed too good to be realized, so she had not told Jap of their meeting.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
     
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Moved by curiosity the Jap rose noiselessly and passing unnoticed by his master vanished silently into the night.

  • Her mind was rambling from Jap to Mrs. Pantin and the vigilant neighbors.

    The Fighting Shepherdess
     
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Jap Taylor interrupted with, "I didn't sign ary paper, an'—"

    The Re-Creation of Brian Kent Harold Bell Wright
  • "I'm with ye, Jap," said Long Bill, and the two rode on their way in silence.

    A Voice in the Wilderness Grace Livingston Hill
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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Related Abbreviations for Jap

JAP

derogatory Jewish American Princess

Jap.

1.
Japan
2.
Japanese
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