Jap

[ jap ]
/ dʒæp /

adjective, noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.

a contemptuous term used to refer to a Japanese person.

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.

Definition for jap (2 of 3)

JAP

[ jap ]
/ dʒæp /

noun Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive.

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.

Definition for jap (3 of 3)

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Examples from the Web for jap

  • Above all, th' Jap'nese is most to be feared because iv his love iv home an' his almost akel love iv death.

    Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
  • He was able to limp to th' Jap'nese Consul's house, where he made a complaint to th' Impror, who was an old frind iv his father.

    Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
  • A Jap'nese sojer can march three hundhred miles a day an' subsist on a small piece iv chewin' gum.

    Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne
  • But a Jap'nese rowboat cud knock to pieces th' whole Atlantic squadron.

    Mr. Dooley Says|Finley Dunne

British Dictionary definitions for jap (1 of 3)

Jap

/ (dʒæp) /

noun, adjective

informal, often derogatory short for Japanese

British Dictionary definitions for jap (2 of 3)

JAP


abbreviation for

US slang Jewish American Princess

British Dictionary definitions for jap (3 of 3)

Jap.


abbreviation for

Japan(ese)
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