- a contemptuous term used to refer to an Italian or a person of Italian descent.
Origin of wop
Examples from the Web for wop
"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
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
- slang, derogatory a member of a Latin people, esp an Italian
- a variant spelling of whop
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.