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[wop] /wɒp/
noun, Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to an Italian or a person of Italian descent.
Origin of wop
1910-15, Americanism; < Italian (Neapolitan dial.) guappo swaggerer < Spanish guapo pimp, ruffian, via dialectal French < Latin vappa wine that has gone flat, worthless person; initial w perhaps by association with a related Gmc word Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wop
Historical Examples
  • "Don't forget to tell him how the wop licked the Jew," broke in the prisoner.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • I wonder can they be talking French, maybe, or wop, or something?

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • I began filling the spoon, with the help of "Marty," the wop.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Even a dumb-head wop gets his English rapidly when he's where he has to talk that or nothing.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • Wasn't there a wop named Pizarro or somethin' what got lost down in Florida?

    Police!!! Robert W. Chambers
  • Down near the station he climbed the steps of wop Harry's lunch wagon and had a sandwich and a cup of coffee.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I'm nothing but an ordinary day-laborer, a plain Mick, a sort of a wop, obeying orders.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • Maybe you think its easy to argue with a wop that doesnt understand ten words of English.

  • She saw a fellow, some kind of a wop with a greasy face and long hair, pick his teeth with a fork.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
  • They sing about what a fine mornin' it is in wop and she tells him he'd better fly his kite before Archibald catches him.

    Gullible's Travels, Etc. Ring W. Lardner
British Dictionary definitions for wop


(slang, derogatory) a member of a Latin people, esp an Italian
Word Origin
C20: probably from southern Italian dialect guappo dandy, braggart, from Spanish guapo


verb, noun wops, wopping, wopped
a variant spelling of whop
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Word Origin and History for wop

derogatory for "Italian," 1912, American English slang, apparently from southern Italian dialect guappo "dandy, dude, stud," a greeting among male Neapolitans, said to be from Spanish guapo "bold, dandy," which is from Latin vappa "sour wine," also "worthless fellow;" related to vapidus (see vapid). It is probably not an acronym, and the usual story that it is seems to date only to c.1985.

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



: big wop tenor


An Italian or a person of Italian extraction; dago (1912+)

[apparently fr southern Italian dialect guappo, ''dandy, dude, stud,'' used as a greeting by male Neapolitans]

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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