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Jap

[ jap ]
/ dʒæp /
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adjective, noun Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a Japanese person.
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Origin of Jap

First recorded in 1885–90; shortened form

usage note for Jap

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.

Other definitions 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 for JAP

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.

Other definitions for Jap (3 of 3)

Jap.

abbreviation
Japan.
Japanese.
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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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