Jap

[jap]
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Origin of Jap

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]
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 of JAP

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 of jap

  • 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.

  • Many of the Jap fishermen sold their boats and sought other industry.


British Dictionary definitions for jap

Jap

noun, adjective
  1. informal, often derogatory short for Japanese

JAP

abbreviation for
  1. US slang Jewish American Princess

Jap.

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

JAP

n.

acronym for Jewish-American Princess, attested from 1971.

Jap

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.

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